Global Good Shop

“There are all these amazing companies out there making a difference in this world, and I just wanted them all in one place to make it easier to shop”

-Nicole Ruiz Founder/CEO of Global Good Shop

     When I was in high school, I got a brand new pair of white running shoes and in between the sole and leather was a black hair that was looped over and stuck on the side of my shoe.  Before that moment, it never occurred to me that a human made my shoes or my clothes. It just wasn’t a conscious thought, the emotion took over for this person...and I started to cry. I’ll never forget it, here is someone's hair who had to work in a factory, how old was the person, was it a kid, a little girl, how safe is that factory,... all of these questions started to run through my head as I was getting ready for school, it just shook me to my core.

    I have always been obsessed with clothing and shoes :) yet now I felt something towards them, like a responsibility because I was now conscious to the fact someone made them, not just machines. I learned to sew on a machine when I was 10 and was designing and executing my own clothing at 12 years old. From that moment on I wanted to be a Fashion designer, yet there was a moral conflict of interest on my heart.

Society has us think it's machines that make our clothings, the truth is, almost everything is stitched together on a machine operated by a human in a factory.

When I was 17 I had this vision/Idea pop into my head... it was so vivid...

In my vision there where a group of women sewing clothes, there were dirt roads surrounding the place and overseas somewhere. They were very protected, surrounded by loving people and security. They were safe from their abusers, and had survived a lot (I didn't know what kind of abuse they were safe from). They had access to doctors, childcare, meals and bible studies. They were making a living on their own for their children or for themselves and they were sewing the designs that I had sketched.

At a 2013 Christmas church service, I heard of an organization called AIM- Agape International Missions. They were rescuing young girls who had been human trafficked, these young girls were protected and cared for until 18 years old. Yet after 18 they had to find a job, a place to live, and reintegrate back into society. 

AIM created an employment center, in which these women who were once trafficked could find a livable wedge and safe environment that had... you guessed it... These women were manufacturing clothing, which is the most common form of work in Cambodia. The difference at the employment center is that the staff receives weekly visits from a doctor, childcare, meals, subsided housing and a bible study.

When I heard this I about fell out of my chair... so July 2014, I went on my first trip to Cambodia to serve with AIM! When I saw the employment center for the first time, I cried (again) it felt like home. For the next 5 years I dreamed about starting my clothing line and having the employment center in Cambodia manufacture the clothing designs I made...

The process of creating a clothing line has taken over 2 years, yet it is in progress. 

Global Good Shop Features items made in Cambodia by the survivors as well as other socially conscious companies that support a cause.