What do you think of when you see a penny?
Do you stop and pick it up if you find one laying on the ground? Or do you shrug because it’s not worth that much?
My mom always said to pick up a penny when you see one because it’s a reminder that, “In God we trust.”
I’m always inspired when I hear stories of people who can take something small and breathe new life and vision into it. Khue Paige, founder of The Soteria Initiative, has done just that. When she looks at a penny, she sees hope. She has found a way to take the simple and humble penny to provide hope for precious women who are valued and have worth, despite what they might believe about themselves.
It’s easy to think that sex trafficking only exists in countries around the world. That misconception might even make it easier to turn a blind eye. But trafficking exists on our soil, too. Started in November, 2015, The Soteria Initiative aims to provide employment to exploited women in Phoenix, to give them a hopeful future outside of the cycle of abuse. They turn the simple penny into beautiful jewelry.
I stumbled upon The Soteria Initiative on Instagram one day during Dressember when I was searching for businesses who work to fight trafficking. And when I entered their giveaway to win a necklace to share my one word for 2018, I was beyond pumped to have won! Each day when I wear my necklace I’ll be reminded not just of my desire to be completely surrendered to God and know my value in Him, but also of the need to fight for those without a voice, those caught in human trafficking, those who don’t know how beloved they are in His sight.
I contaced Khue and she was so gracious to answer some questions for me so I could share this lovely mission with all my readers. I think you’ll find inspiration that making a difference starts with ONE.
I read a bit about how you started your business. Do you partner with anyone else or is it just you at the helm?