Tirza Design is fashion with purpose committed to the empowerment of women,
who have survived human trafficking, exploitation,
and other forms of abuse.
Fashion is the tool to help women achieve education, economic independence, and healing
because they are made in God's image. Employment for those in vulnerable communities is one of the most effective ways to bring prevention to human trafficking and exploitation.
All of our designs empower survivors & the marginalized around the world through sustainable & dignified employment & job skill training to break the cycle of poverty.
Tirza Design is committed to featuring fair trade suppliers, eco-friendly packaging, and the highest quality gold-filled/sterling silver findings made in America.
Every purchase is invested in the fight against exploitation and the tools to succeed directly into the hands of survivors.
We accomplish this through our handcrafted designs, other survivor-made and women-owned brands that we feature, as well as a percentage of proceeds are a source of revenue to non-profit organizations with the same vision.
We also offer a limited supply of gently used women's clothing and accessories.
Labor Trafficking accounts for approx. 80% of all human trafficking cases. When you shop gently used, you directly impact fast fashion retailers who are complicit in the the demand for forced labor.
You can confidently fashion with purpose with us.
BEHIND THE BRAND
Nikkie started Tirza in 2020 after working alongside many models and rehab centers. After seeing so many women overcoming situations of adversity such as human trafficking, domestic and drug abuse, & poverty - was the desperate need for safe & supportive employment and the ability to provide for themselves while working through recovery and getting back on their feet.
Our not-just-for profit business model is unique in the sense that we do more than just giving monthly donations.
The primary goal through the sale of our products is the ability to give safe employment, on the job training, mentorship, and community directly to the hard-working women who are overcoming.
Since starting in 2020 :
- 6 women have been able to have a source of income while getting back on their feet.
- Over $5000 has been invested in non profits & social enterprises with like-minded mission.
- Featuring over 10 survivor-made brands in store.
- Hosted several Empowering Women Pop-up events giving women an opportunity to provide for themselves.
Love will have the final say. -- Nikkie Affholter
Owner of Tirza Design
Nikkie Affholter is a wife, and mother of three. Her faith is what fuels her heart for justice. Her keen eye for eclectic fashion was heavily influenced by her years spent traveling in the Middle East. She also has spent time in the fashion industry as a photographer in Kansas City.
Nikkie has worked alongside many models, designers, and runway shows which contributed to her love for fashion & design.
She personally works alongside local survivors of abuse and trafficking.
She is committed to building community of women who do more than survive and seeing lives forever changed.
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