The TOK Project is all about giving opportunities to individuals who have been victimized and have no hope for the future.
In 2006, Founder Micah List’s little cousin taught him to crochet. He went on to make himself a hat for the upcoming winter season. People commented on the style and quality of the hat and so he decided to started hand making and selling hats to his family, friends, and community. The demand grew rapidly and he couldn’t handle it on his own.
From a young age Micah had been on mission trips and wanted to find a way to give opportunities to the villagers to better their circumstances. During one trip to the Dominican Republic he gave opportunities to 4 local artisans to help produce his products.
Albania, Gregoria, Julie, and Marita often commented on how much they enjoyed working for TOK headwear and how thankful they were to make money that they wouldn’t have otherwise. As Micah went to college to study his passion in business, he was unable to keep up with the work load and a business at the same time so the business was put on hold.
Micah decided to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand the fall semester of His junior year. During this time he saw the injustices specifically in the sex trade that took place so prevalently in Thailand and realized the platform that TOK Headwear could become to do something practical to bring healing and hope.
The purpose of this initial project is to kickstart the process of connecting with victims of the sex trade and to make products that we can sell to fund the continuation of this project in the future. For this initial project we will have people donate their sewing and crocheting skills to produce the products until we can establish trusting relationships with aftercare homes. If we reach our total goal then we will produce a website where we can sell our products and also where we can feature the artisans and their stories.
We are so excited to see our vision come to fruition and we hope that you will partner with us as we look to start some good!
When we hit our tipping point goal ($1000) we will use the money to connect with aftercare homes for sex trafficking victims and to have an initial batch of our hand-crafted products made. Also, all the proceeds from our sold products will go to helping give new jobs and growth opportunities to the individuals.
When we hit our total goal ($2500) we will use the rest of the money to make creative advertisements and develop a website where we can sell our product and feature our artisans.