Our Story

a·wak·en

:to become conscious or aware

 

Emily and Andrew Schmidt started Awaken with a vision that a business could create one of a kind products and change lives at the same time. We’ve always felt blessed to grow up in a country that supports freedom and has given us opportunities many would only dream of.

We set off to find partners that were doing amazing work in challenging socioeconomic communities. Through a lead at a human trafficking presentation we heard about a Thai business that employs those coming out of prostitution and human trafficking in Thailand. We headed off to Bangkok to share our vision and hear theirs and have now been working together for over 5 years. Awaken products are handcrafted by women who are rebuilding their lives and finding restoration through dignified employment.

If you would like to be a part of our vision you can donate to our 501c3 nonprofit here!!