Kristin Keen is a client of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center and a woman with a big idea. Rethreaded is a faith-based nonprofit whose purpose is to help “sew a new story” for people affected by the local and international sex trade. Kristin Keen lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India. After encountering the life-stealing effects of the area’s sex trade, Kristin help to co-found a business with Sarah Lance that could offer these women a safe haven. Today, Sari Bari is a thriving business that employs more than 75 people in Kolkata. When Kristin returned from India three years ago to Jacksonville, she still felt called to fight the sex trade, and Rethreaded was born.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla — A local organization in the One Spark Festival sewed its way into the heart of Jacksonville when it won the most votes this week.
Sewing a new story is the motto for Rethreaded, an organization that aims to take women out of the sex trade and offer them a different life, where they can sew a new beginning. Kristin Keen is the director of Rethreaded and first starting working with women involved in the trade in India.
“When I went out there my heart was always for women to know their worth and their value,” said Keen.
For five years Keen said she helped the women start a successful sewing business.
“I was able to see the power of business and its effect on women and how it gave them a way out, it empowered them, it gave them a place of healing, a place of community. So when I moved back from India I knew that I still wanted to bring freedom to women who were in the cycle of the sex trade,” said Keen.
On the First Coast she started working with rehabilitation centers to find women who wanted a new start. Rethreaded currently has one employee who left the trade to create. Now with the help of One Spark, Rethreaded aims to hire four more employees in June.