The Trade Foundation exists to restore victims of
sex trafficking & abuse
by teaching women how to cut & style hair.

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All donations are 100% tax-deductible as provided by law of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A Dollar Today, Inc. DBA theTrade Foundation.
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The Power of Micro-Economies

The Trade Foundation exists to fight global sexual slavery and exploitation by teaching women how to cut & style hair. This training establishes micro economies, which allow women to leave behind lives of prostitution, abuse, and extreme poverty. The social and economic impact is absolutely life changing as they develop a new set of skills as well as the sense of dignity and self respect that comes with them. In addition to hair & make-up instruction, we train our students how to run a small business and add value to their surrounding communities.

Elevating the Role of Women in Society

Education is the only lasting solution. Women who have participated in our programs are currently generating enough income to provide for themselves and their families. Teaching the trade of hairdressing also serves to elevate the role of women in society which is currently on the forefront of the United Nations global agenda. The impact we have already experienced has proven to us that our initiatives are providing an effective solution at the root of a far-reaching problem.

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The Training

For every country we visit, we create the program curriculum and tailor it to match the culture's needs. The Trade is responsible for all of the materials and tools used in our programs abroad, and we put loving attention to detail in the assignments and projects we give to our students. We teach everything from cutting (zero degree, layered cuts, and texturizing), styling, and braiding, to makeup application and salon business. Another important aspect of our training is incorporating self esteem building activities into the schedule. We believe that to be successful takes more than just having the skills, it takes self confidence, and we strive to instill that confidence in every student.

What's Next?

Where We've Been

Our Story

The Trade was founded by the owners of Hattori Hanzo Shears, Jon Klein and Chris McCarley. The idea came from a shear trade in program, where stylists could trade their old shears for a new pair of Hanzo's. After receiving so many "trade in" shears, Chris and Jon were approached by a friend who was visiting Nicaragua to teach women the art of hairstyling and needed scissors for his students. The Hanzo owners resharpened all of the old scissors and donated them to this man's mission, and the concept of the non profit was formed. From there, it snowballed into the idea of sending their own teams on top of donating scissors to other non profits or even individuals with the same kind of goal. In August 2011, the first Trade volunteer team was assembled and went to the slums of Brazil where they spent 2 months teaching women the art of hairdressing, manicuring, makeup application, and salon business. This team also offered counseling services and built a salon where all of the graduating students could work.

The Trade is a registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization. Hattori Hanzo generously supplies us with all of our scissors and overhead funding. We are fortunate enough to receive product donations by several reputable companies, and 100% of public donations go directly to our efforts to restore victims of the sex trade.

We are typically preventative and restorative, working with young girls who are considered at-risk, as well as with women who are ready to leave behind lives of sexual exploitation and degradation. Our most vital resource is our team of volunteers and supporters who make our programs possible, and therefore, help restore women and children affected by extreme poverty, abuse, and the sex trade.

Since founded in 2010, The Trade has had successful independent beauty school programs in Brazil, and has also partnered with other non profits to run the same kind of programs in the slums of Mexico and Africa.

In the Spring of 2013, The Trade partnered with Agape International Missions (AIM) for a long term commitment of a continuing beauty school program in Cambodia. AIM is an established Non Profit Organization from the US, based in Cambodia, and they act preventatively, in rescue, and in the rehabilitation of young girls who have been affected by sex trafficking. The Trade is the next step for the girls in their programs, we provide training once they've been assisted by AIM. The first 3 month program began on August 1st, 2013 and the impact was even greater than we imagined. Working together has proven to be a powerful force in the fight for women's empowerment and freedom.

The Trade will return to Cambodia with AIM in February of 2014 to teach refresher courses for our graduated students, help them build clientele in their salons, and join AIM in outreach events to reach more girls to join our next 3 month beauty school in the Fall of 2014.

100% of Public Donations go Directly to the Cause

Public Donations

We are proud to say that 100% of public donations go directly to programming and training to empower and educate women affected by the sex trade.

Here are some examples for how your public donation may be spent:

  • Tools
  • Supplies
  • Stipends for students while they train so they are able to continue providing for their families and attend class every day
  • Food for students
  • Sending instructors abroad to teach
  • Housing for instructors while volunteering abroad

Private Donations

We are so thankful for our private and corporate donors as they allow us to give 100% of public donations to programming. Private and corporate donations are used for both programming and overhead/administrative costs, however, you or your company may specify to donate strictly to programming if you prefer.


The Trade is partnered with Agape International Missions (AIM) to bring education in the art of hairdressing, salon business, and makeup application to the women of Cambodia. AIM is an established Non Profit Organization from the US, based in Cambodia, and they act preventatively, in rescue, and in the rehabilitation of young girls who have been affected by sex trafficking. The Trade is the next step for women who have been rescued from, or have left behind lives of sexual exploitation. We focus on assisting them in becoming self sustaining and self respecting women. Our relationship with AIM will continue to grow as we plan to have programs for new students each year as well as return for follow up education. Working together has proven to be a powerful force in the fight for women's empowerment and freedom.

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"Michelli was one of our students from our first trip to Brazil. Her story is full of a lot of pain, but also triumph. I wrote a song for her because her undying strength was so inspiring I wanted to share it with everyone I know. After being abused, mistreated, and fighting all the odds, in her innate wisdom, Michelli said, 'I have no expiration date'.. 100% of the proceeds from this album go directly to giving women like Michelli the opportunity for a better life."

-Melissa Lingo