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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.
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!
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 Mini Stars of Haiti Ornaments 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 and make mini stars!