Dolores's grandchildren are part of a “Children of Hope” project who receive assistance to pay for their schooling in order to create a better future (school isn’t free in Belize). Elevāt is the first to offer their items in the United States. Every jewelry purchase helps Dolores elevate her family and community out of poverty.
Mayan women love to weave, to inscribe their cloth with symbols of the earth’s sacredness and their culture’s unique vision of the universe. Mayan Hands partners with these talented artists in their journey out of extreme poverty and toward empowerment and self-sufficiency by offering their beautiful creations to you.
Freeset exists specifically to provide freedom for women from the sex trade, women who were forced into prostitution by trafficking or poverty. When they choose to work at Freeset, they can start new lives, regain dignity in their communities, and begin a journey towards healing and wholeness.
JORDAN + SYRIA
At Operation Mercy's scarf project in Zaatari, the largest refugee camp in Jordan, women are offered purposeful work, healthy community, and income to sustain their families. Twice a week, a group of Syrian refugee women gather to chat, asking questions about homes and families, before settling into their work: embellishing delicate scarves with brightly colored beads. The women, widowed or otherwise vulnerable, have built a community together, where they receive support and stability as well as income.
Girls with Vision is lead by a team of volunteers who have responded to the incredible needs surrounding the ladies in the community of N’gando in Nairobi, Kenya. Some women enjoy working with the beading project, others start businesses that help them become independent. Some continue on to find jobs in the community. These women are given the opportunity to earn money for their families in a respectable and dignified way, transforming themselves, their families and the surrounding community.
"Tuangaze" means "let's shine" in Kiswahili. Located in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The members are HIV positive and have formed a community that love and care for one another as the rest of society has basically shunned them, including their families.
YES PLUS BEADS was founded by Julia Karugi while living in the Vumilia community, a former Internationally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya. This project supports her and other women who have very few opportunities to earn money for their families. They use recycled materials (magazines, coconut shells and bone) to create unique jewelry.
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is a multifaceted HIV/AIDS project that serves all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in practical, sustainable ways. Woza Moya is an income generation project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust. It helps those in need regain Hope and Dignity by getting them to use their creativity to earn an income. They aim to empower and uplift people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS to become economically self-sufficient through the production of crafts within their own environment.
Little Saints of Bethany is a domestic abuse shelter for women and children in Johannesburg, South Africa. It provides safe accommodation and food for abused women and their children along with counseling, medical needs and legal assistance. This non-profit organization also gives career training consisting of occupational therapy in the form of craft participation helping them earn money and become self-supporting.
The Tamar Center is a non-profit organization located in Pattaya, Thailand. They are the prostitution recovery ministry of Project L.I.F.E.
The Tamar Center provides employment and opportunity to Thai women by training them in the art of making hand-crafted, original Thai style cards + scarves. For many women, the "beer bars" of Pattaya seem to offer a way out of their poverty. These women end up selling themselves to make ends meet enabling them to send money back home to help support their families.
Fundacion Contigo is Ecuador's leading non-profit organization committed to helping orphans, children, and families through training and advocacy. Practically, they seek to impact institutional living, adoption, foster care, and impoverished neighborhoods.
Located in Nepal, Ganesh Himal Trading Company has been selling handmade jewelry, clothing, textiles, and papers since 1984. Ganesh Himal Trading Company focuses on helping refugees and women enhance their lives and traditions.
Operation Mercy strives to empower women and children in Sahab and the outlying villages both socially and economically to live to their fullest potential. Their initial focus is offering women and children a variety of academic courses to study.
The Apparent Project helps support the Haitian community by promoting and selling handmade items made from discarded materials. In addition to helping sell these handmade items, the Apparent Project offers training in basic job skills and responsible childcare.
As a child, Virginia had to drop out of primary school to support her family as a child. Now in her 40s, Virginia is making jewelry to fund her enrollment in school so that she can learn to read and write. Each earring is handmade by Virginia. Your purchase supports her determination to get an education.