Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. It provides housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education and job training without charging the residents or receiving government funding. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made.
Thistle Farms employs over forty Magdalene residents or graduates. While working at Thistle Farms, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account provided by Magdalene. Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation.
Thistle Farms is housed in an 11,000 square feet sales and manufacturing facility. With a beautiful new building, Thistle Farms is committed to growing in order to employ more women and have greater opportunities to share our products and stories of healing on a larger scale.
Into every Thistle Farms product goes the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. Our dream is that people will come to see Thistle Farms as a humble but powerful business synonymous with women’s freedom.