not I but we

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Not I But We was born out of the fundamental need to see economic justice for survivors of human trafficking.  Poverty is one of the greatest driving forces of human trafficking, and without providing viable opportunities, survivors often find themselves in the very same situation that led them to be exploited in the first place. With the unemployment in South Africa being over 50%, dignifying and sustainable employment is incredibly difficult to come by.  

Not I But We work with the women at S-Cape, a safe house for survivors of human trafficking in Cape Town. While there, the survivors receive physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual care, as well as skills development and job opportunities to ensure that they can flourish in their reintegration.  

Every purchase provides dignity, justice, hope and healing. We cannot end this injustice alone, we are inextricably bound together and we are not free until all are free.


A truly inspiring cause that has touched my heart and as a result, I want to share it with you. Human Trafficking is a terrible and devastating circumstance that too many people all over the world find themselves in.

It’s a radical idea to think that purchasing a scrunchy handcrafted by a survivor of exploitation actually makes any difference in the world. But how else are we to find out than by supporting such an incredible cause?

And according to Not I But We, when payday rolls around for these survivors, there is nothing more enlivening than seeing the response to dignified work and a fair wage.

The survivors of human trafficking that form part of Not I But We create healing products that speak to their skills and history.

Want to get involved?

Apart from supporting their online store, you can help out these incredible women by:


Do you have fabric offcuts?  

Want to help keep their expenses down so the survivors can make more?


Do you have skills you can support with?


Do you want to stock products and provide dignity, justice, hope and healing?


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