One clothing line is altering women’s lives one stitch at a time.
Fif Ghobadian, co-founder of Road Twenty-Two, created the luxurious basics fashion line in California to employ women who were once incarcerated, homeless, or suffering from substance abuse.
Ghobadian said she was inspired to set up the company after watching her father be rejected by prospective employers time and time again.
“My eyes were opened wide to the realities of life that we are all subject to," she wrote on her website. "Since then, I have felt great empathy for people who for whatever reason find themselves on the harsher side of life.”
Road Twenty-Two is named after the road leading to the Central California Women’s Correctional Facility, the world’s largest women’s correctional facility.
The company will hire women even if they don't have experience and will train them for the job.
Employee Rachael Dunne discussed how Ghobadian changed her life in a video about the company by HooplaHa. Dunne said she started working for the company after being homeless and incarcerated.
“It’s just amazing what she’s doing because, if you can just change one person’s life for the better, that’s amazing," she said. "Every person that I feel like this company touches is inspired in some way or another. And I feel blessed!”
Road Twenty-Two's mission is to empower women by creating bright futures, providing skills, opportunities, and a steady income leading to self-sufficiency.
“There’s without a doubt that the employees we get deserve the opportunity, who are willing to make the change, and that’s the most rewarding part of Road Twenty-Two," Ghobadian explained.