We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalee Gregson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natalee, how does your business help the community or world?
I started Red Moon Weaving because while working in Mexico City with survivors of sex trafficking, my spirit asked me the question “What are you going to do to ensure that these women and girls never go back to prostitution and fall victim to sex trafficking”? From that moment on I have been empowering and employing women who were once victims of sex trafficking to weave beads into jewelry. Each piece of jewelry is designed by me but brought to life by the hands of these women or the artisan who helps me teach them. The artisan that works with Red Moon Weaving, teaches these women techniques and patterns that are indigenous to the region and passed down through the generations of his family. Due to economic hardships and poverty, these women and women across the globe are very vulnerable and will do anything out of survival; including sell their bodies. Our mission is to empower, employ, educate, and give skills to these women so that their past will never be their daughter’s future.

What should our readers know about your business?
Red Moon Weaving started as a very grass roots organization. After I conceived the idea to teach sex trafficking survivors a skill that could empower and really change the trajectory of their lives, I quickly realized the challenges of employing vulnerable women, who have years of trauma, in another country, all while a speaking a foreign language that I didn’t speak. A friend who lived in Mexico City volunteered to translate for me, make sure I didn’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and ultimately helped me communicate with all the people that Red Moon Weaving works with. If you asked me today if owning a business that operates in another country, during a pandemic, that employs vulnerable women, was difficult, I’d tell you, yes. If you asked me do regret any of it, I would tell you, absolutely not. I would want people especially women to know that no dream is too big. That if your dream doesn’t frighten you then the dream is too small. Dare to believe that you can be the person that creates worldly change.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Gosh, if a friend was visiting I would make sure that it was during a weekend where a “Block Party” takes place. El Pozo, in Mexico City, hosts a block party one night a month. This is where they bring music, they bring food, and they bring their hearts to meet the women and men of various red light districts. The goal is to meet them where they are at, love on them in the place they are in. For me, this was one of the most life changing events. It recalibrated my heart and mind to a much deeper and sincere level of compassion, empathy and lit a fire to be part of making a change. I would also take them to the local artisan markets throughout the city. I would also take them to experience all the amazing food vendors. I would want them to experience Mexico City not as a foreigner but as someone from the city. I feel that is the only way to really experience a culture, if you can see what they see and feel what they feel.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to recognize the organizations and people who have gone before me in the fight against sex trafficking. El Pozo de Vida, a non profit organization located in Mexico City. They are continually on the frontlines and championing not only the women set free but also the women and men still trapped in prostitution. All of the friends and family that have encouraged me and said keep going when to got hard. They encouraged me to continue to believe that this is what I was made for.

Website: www.redmoonweaving.com
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Facebook: Red Moon Weaving

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