Feb 14, 2022
Across the world, people are
living in vulnerable situations. And unfortunately, some people
take advantage of others’ misfortune. In today’s episode of
IntHerrupt, Linda is joined by Dawn Manske, founder of Made
for Freedom, to learn more about what types of
situations lead to vulnerability and
Dawn first encountered this problem when she lived in
- While she lived there for ten years, Dawn
learned about the excessive number of young girls abandoned by
their families. (The problem has abated over time, but it’s still
an issue today.)
- Dawn also met people who worked specifically
with street children because of the exploitation and labor
vulnerable children were subjected to at the hands of
- The exploitation she saw made Dawn think, “how
can I fight this?”
She then realized the power of
- Dawn’s husband gifted her a pair of sandals,
and they were made by vulnerable women who were paid fairly for
their work. Similarly, she received pants from
- Dawn thought about starting an import business
but didn’t think it aligned with her life goals.
- But when she thought about it, she realized she
could accomplish her mission of helping others through this
- She started down the road of understanding sex
trafficking. She found several other businesses that sold products
to raise money to benefit the women working, and Dawn began selling
their products to people in the United States.
What does vulnerable mean?
- It looks different to everyone. We’re all
vulnerable, to some extent. And issues like poverty lead to more
- Anytime someone is exposed to a negative
situation, there is vulnerability. And then you have people
ready to take advantage of that vulnerability.
- She visited Nepal to meet with a partner
center, and she saw poverty she had never seen before. A month
after she left, there was a massive earthquake.
- She and her husband are foster parents, and the
foster system is a breeding ground for trauma and vulnerability
because their trust is broken.
How can you regain confidence after being exploited and
begin to heal?
- It’s a long road. It’s not something that
happens quickly, Because that trauma is never
- Working with your hands is therapeutic. That’s
why these work centers are great because women have a safe place to
work with women who understand what they’re going
For more great content from
Dawn, follow her on LinkedIn and visit her company website Made
for Freedom. Do you have
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