As part of their Spring activities, Main Street Complex Paola has offered SOAR – a survivor-led service offered by St Jeanne Antide Foundation that provides holistic support to survivors of domestic violence – free retail space to promote their products and raise awareness about their services. Customers had the opportunity to buy different natural handmade items produced by SOAR women. This initiative has been taken by Main Street as part of their ongoing efforts to support the local community.
1 in 4 women in Malta are affected by domestic violence. More than half of these have children in their care when the violence occurs. The violence leaves victims and children psychologically broken, financially vulnerable and isolated from the community. Every year SOAR receive around 50 new referrals while they continue to assist around another 30 women from the previous years. Offering a diverse range of supports, SOAR strives to empower the survivor family in their recovery, resiliency and social inclusion.
At Main Street, SOAR volunteers offered to the public different Meraki profit-with-purpose products directly supporting their services and the survivors who make them. The products are made fresh by hand, using only high quality ingrediens
A spokesperson from Main Street Complex said that “In the past years, Main Street has always looked at ways to support the local community. Different initiatives were taken to support organisations that help vulnerable groups or individuals. Our efforts do not stop here. We also have the environment at our heart and recently we took different initiatives in favour of a cleaner environment by, for example, generating energy from renewable resources and encouraging customers to separate their waste. These are some of our efforts for a better society.”