Beauty for Ashes International

Volunteer Opportunities: Yes


In 2005, our friend Ellen Brace came to Asia with a desire to help those who’ve experienced the darkest atrocities that could happen to a woman. Through her work, she recognized a gap in the recovery process for these women. Many organizations realize the need for emotional, spiritual and physical healing for women who have experienced sexual exploitation and have established recovery homes; however, very few have been able to address the practical and vocational needs after her emotional recovery. Beauty for Ashes International, Inc. was formed in Nepal to provide viable employment for these women, so they are able to support themselves and their families. Despite the initial bumps and learning curves of starting a business in one of the most challenging environments in the world, Ellen was able to play a part in changing the lives of women who now have a hope for their future. Beauty for Ashes continues to help break the cycle of poverty that fuels human trafficking and sexual exploitation through employment by employing women who have been rescued with a stable line of work. By providing training and jobs we prevent this from happening by employing women who are at risk. Our desire is to give women a choice where they’ve had no choice and make a lasting difference in their lives. Additionally, our hope is to influence nations through creating employment rooted in integrity and excellence. Your support not only impacts the lives of these women, but also the nations in which they live.


Beauty for Ashes is a 501(c)3 non profit in the U.S., which provides job skill training, education, and micro business financing to hurting and exploited women around the world. When you purchase our jewelry and other gift items, you are helping to break the cycle of poverty that fuels human trafficking, and making a lasting difference in a woman’s life, giving her dignity, and a meaningful way of supporting herself and her family.

  • Contact Information:
  • PO Box 5016
  • Fresno, California 93755
  • United States
  • Active In: United States
  • Forms of Abolition: 
  • Awareness, Aftercare, Empowerment
  • Forms of Slavery: 
  • Sex Trafficking