JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are less than a month away from the second OneSpark festival in downtown Jacksonville.
It is a huge, crowd-funding festival where thousands of dollars are given to local start-ups.
Last year's top winner was the company, Rethreaded.
Rethreaded in Jacksonville is sewing a new story for women trying to escape the sex trade and that story has grown over the last year.
In large part due to OneSpark.
Suddenly after OneSpark we were on all these news stations, everywhere we went people were like 'oh yea I have heard of you from OneSpark'," said Kristen Keen the founder.
Between the money from the winnings and all the publicity, Rethreaded has been able to grow and help more women. It takes donated t-shirts and turns the shirts into clothing for adults and children.
The women leaving the sex trade learn how to make beautifull designs and gain not just employment, but also encouragement. Globally, Rethreaded has around 1,400 women have been helped in India's red light district.
"Just our Christmas order gave 900 days of freedom in India, locally we have had seven women go through our program," told Keen.
Women whose lives are forever changed for the better. Keen says OneSpark was a major game changer for Rethreaded and she is hoping lots of success for it this year!
OneSpark kicks off April 9th. For more information visit: http://www.beonespark.com.
For more on Rethreaded visit- www.rethreaded.com