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Fair Trade Jewelry and Ethical Fashion

Mwanamtama’s Story of Hope

by | Artisans

Mwanamtama’s Story of Hope – (Read Time: 1 min.)

Discouraged by Disabilities

“I come from a very humble background. When community workers found me in my rural home, they advised my parents to allow them to take me to a rehabilitation center for corrective surgery in both my legs. But the surgeon advised that it wasn’t feasible. Too much time had passed.

Discovering Hope

I decided to join this workshop where I learned my Artisan skills and have now been making jewelry for thirty years! My life has changed! I don’t have to beg in the streets. Without my work – maybe I would be dead by now – from the stress of my uncertain future. 

Emily Earrings from Kenya

I’m glad I‘ve been able to support all my children!

I’m the mother of three biological and five orphaned children.

As an Artisan, I can comfortably meet the needs of my family of eight! I’m assured of my salary with the constant orders we receive from Trades of Hope.

I love being able to use the proceeds from my work to develop my family. 

My first-born son has gone through college and is now employed!

Hope for the Future

Because of my work, I can educate my children, live in a decent home, and socialize with my colleagues. I love interacting with my fellow workers and sharing experiences, as we work. I’m even able to save toward building a house.” – Mwanamtama

“I’d like to build a permanent house in my village and start my own business so that when I retire, my life is still fulfilling!”

– Mwanamtama, Artisan in Kenya

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  1. Kathleen Ritchie

    These pieces are gorgeous!


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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.