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Elena’s Story of Hope in Peru – Trades of Hope

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Generations of Artisan Traditions

Elena’s Story of Hope in Peru – Trades of Hope (Read Time: 1.5 min.)

“Artisan skills are a tradition in my family. My brothers and my dad taught me my Artisan skills. My father is a master craftsman. He taught me the main things I know when I was still a teenager.

My abilities come from an old school technique where the majority of the pieces are 80% handcrafted unlike now, when many other processes use machines. The fact that a relationship with Trades of Hope exists, make us keep expanding the art to new generations.

Empowered by Opportunities

When I was 21, I left my studies at an institute in the city and decided to work in a jewelry workshop about an hour away from my home. I worked there for two years where I produced pieces made from pure gold. Then I decided to work independently in my home.

Today, I’m the mother of two children. Before, my life as a mother kept me busy and jewelry orders were low. Now it’s a better time. Receiving a partnership like Trades of Hope makes us feel hopeful because we know that a new partnership means that our art is still alive!

We are so happy! Even the minimum order is so helpful for us to continue to grow and solve our needs. Especially in my family, one order gives us the assurance that we can meet our needs. One of my dreams is to have my own house. My work is my way to get this dream!

Enjoying a Sense of Accomplishment

My favorite part of the day in the workshop is when I finish my daily pieces. Day after day I write the amount I want to finish. Sometimes I end it faster than other days. But the exact moment I’m about to leave my tools feels amazing!” – Elena

“Thank you, Trade of Hope! We are happy and hope you continue believing in our handmade crafts!” – Elena, Artisan in Peru

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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.