EMMAUS, Pa. - Most of us grow up being taught to be kind to others. One Emmaus woman has turned this idea into a business and she's hoping to make an impact around the world.
Her store is called Khineder Creations, located on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. It's been there about a year now. And while the products are unique, it's where the proceeds are going that is really unusual.
Khine Alkhal, her store and her motivation seem to bring new meaning to the phrase that beauty comes from within. She makes natural skin and hair care products but uses the proceeds to support victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
"All the products are based on traditional Burmese, Myanmar recipes that we cook in our kitchens like turmeric, lemongrass, basil, and coconut oil," said Khine, owner of Khineder Creations.
In step with her her mission, she only employs women who are survivors and also sells items in her store made by victims all over the world who are trying to get back on their feet. She feels helping them help themselves is life changing.
"What does it take for her to become self reliant, to become confident again after she has gone through such trauma?" Khine says she asked herself these questions when coming up with the concept for the store.
She was born in Burma and she says women in her country use items in their kitchens all the time as natural beauty products. Khine's journey here is steeped in education and research into the cause and now her product line. She has a PhD in Human Security.
"After my PhD, I joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a Senior Officer for women, children and labor migrant workers," Khine recalls.
It was in this role that she saw women and young girls in desperate conditions and some as young as nine forced into sex trafficking.
Her compassion for the women and girls she saw turned into a passion to help them in more ways than her official position allowed. So Khine went to work on the store and connecting with women like Amber Clark, who is a survivor of severe domestic violence, is now managing director of her store.
"Opening up and talking about it is very empowering because it helps other people to think it's okay to talk about it and there's a release involved and there's a pride that comes from looking at where I was and where I am," said Amber.
Khine says by purchasing these natural products we are being kind to our skin at the same time as spreading kindness to other people.
Khine also sells her products online and she's hoping to have an impact all over the world. Visit her website at www.khinedercreations.com.
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