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Episode 40 Magdalene and Thistle Farms with Rev. Becca Stevens 12-3-12

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments

BeccaStevens.jpgWe're so pleased to share with you our conversation with Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. Magdalene is a residential program for women with a criminal history of prostitution and addiction. There are currently six homes that function without live-in staff, relying instead on residents to create supportive community, maintain recovery, and share household tasks. The two-year program offers housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education, and job training free of charge--and is not supported by any government funds, relying instead on individual gifts, private grants, and the sale of Thistle Farms products.

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise run by women of Magdalene and program graduates. By hand, the women create body care products made with all natural ingredients and using earth-friendly practices. Through employment at Thistle Farms, women develop important job skills and move from poverty to independence. Purchase of Thistle Farms products support critical ministry!

For more information about Magdalene and Thistle Farms and to purchase products, visit


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development · Social enterprise

Episode 15: Podcasts on Global Women’s Issues May 23 2011

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

There are a few other podcasts out there that may help you learn more about global issues facing women and girls. In this episode, I share with you what my research has turned up. I also discovered that In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide is pretty unique in what it does! There is also information in the episode about how to spread the news about your favorite podcasts with others--you can easily tell your friends, family members, fellow church-goers, and anyone else which podcasts you find most helpful and interesting to listen to!

Mentioned in this episode (all available through iTunes; direct links provided here, or just search iTunes for the titles):

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (podcast)

Forced Migration Online (podcast)

Forced Migration Online Documentaries (vidcast)

UNICEF (podcast)

(Not mentioned in episode but also available: UNICEF Television Vodcast (vidcast))

United Nations Radio (podcast)

Ending Human Trafficking (podcast)

Global Women's Network (podcast)

Say No to Violence Against Women (podcast)

UNIFEM (vidcast)


Tags: Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise · Resource Recommendations

Episode 014: All Hands In–May 6, 2011

May 9th, 2011 · Comments

0_0_0_0_209_139_csupload_26978591_large.jpgMeet "All Hands In," a brand new organization begun in order to fight human trafficking in Massachusetts. Founder Barbara Anderson and I talk about the ministry of All Hands In, how she personally became involved in these issues, and some things she's learned along the way.

To learn more about All Hands In:

(Photo: Members of All Hands In meet with a delegation on human trafficking from Spain. Barbara is third from left.)

For more information about AB Women's Ministries project "Break the Chains and Stop the Pain," including grant information and applications, visit


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Social enterprise

Episode 010: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 14 2011

March 14th, 2011 · Comments

IMAG0630.jpgIn this episode of "In Their Shoes," four of us who attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women share our experiences with you. UNCSW was the last week of February and the first week of March this year (2011). Four of us from American Baptist Women's Ministries, including one senior in high school, participated in several days of workshops in the "parallel events" hosted by a variety of NGOs from all over the world.

For more information on the 2011 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, click here.

For more information on the Millenium Development Goals and the focus areas of UNCSW, click here.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Events · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise

Episode 009: Social Enterprise–Baba Blankets Feb 28 2011

February 28th, 2011 · Comments

E-Aminata-Brown-and-Sandy-Hasenauer.jpg E. Animata Brown founded Baba Blankets to assist women and girls who were working as load carriers in the marketplaces in Ghana to build job skills and earn a living wage. As "social enterprise," Baba Blankets is one of a growing field of businesses whose goal is to improve the lives of its employees. Building and maintaining a profitable business allows social enterprises to provide living wages, life-skills training, education, and other related programs to give employees and communities more opportunity, self-determination, and hope.

Visit Baba Blankets' website at for more information, great photos and videos, and to shop.

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Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Leadership development · Social enterprise