Crafts Sustain Life
Each partner with which we work has chosen various indigenous handicrafts as part of their product line. This creates products very unique to the geographical area and culture, while also affirming the beauty inherent in each culture. Each skill whether it is embroidery, jewelry making, or weaving has usually been passed down for generations and is inherent in the community’s identity.
It is important to affirm the cultural heritage of these women who are often oppressed and impoverished, restoring dignity and hope to their lives. It also gives them an opportunity to work within the safety of their communities without taking unnecessary risks to work in the larger cities where they are easily exploited. It also gives them the opportunity to raise their children in safety as well as contribute to the well-being and development of their village.