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Clivia’s Story of Hope in Haiti

by | Artisans

Clivia, Artisan in Haiti

New Opportunities

“I come from a small family and was raised in one of the most dangerous areas in Port-au-Prince. My sister taught me my Artisan skills. She was working in this workshop and asked the Artisan leaders if I could work there too. I cannot imagine what life would be like without my work. I would have to depend on the help of others.” – Clivia, Artisan in Haiti (Read Time: 1 min.)

New Independence

“Now life is really peaceful in our community. Trades is Hope and this Artisan community have helped by providing jobs. I’m an independent woman now. I have my own family and we’ve moved to a safe area since working at this workshop. I’m able to help my mother. My dream is to have enough money to be able to build my own home!

New Purpose

I love when I hear there are new orders and that I’m able to come to work the next day! I make jewelry and art from upcycled cereal box beads. To make cereal box bead designs for Trades of Hope, I cut discarded cereal boxes into triangular strips and roll them onto bamboo sticks. I roll some into cones and others into small round beads. Then I glue and varnish each bead. When the glue is dry, I take them off the sticks and use fishing line to tie all of the beads together.”

– Clivia, Artisan in Haiti

Clivia, Upcycled Cereal Box Bead Jewelry Artisan in Haiti

“I remember the heartbreak of walking into the dimly lit room and seeing Clivia on the floor in totally agony after her baby had just died the night before.

Her baby had been sick with what she thought was a cold. Little things that could easily be treated in other parts of the world leave mothers like Clivia with empty arms and broken hearts.

She has gone on to mother again and our hope and desire is that she would have everything she needs to raise her baby well.”

– Shelley, Artisan Leader in Haiti

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.