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Poverty Prevented Her from Dreaming
Growing up in Thailand, Pacharing, known by her friends as “Pu”, started working at a young age to help support her family. She was able to finish high school but changed jobs often and couldn’t pay her bills.
Like many young women in Thailand, finding a sustainable job was a challenge for Pu, even with her education. In both rural villages and cities, safe jobs with fair wages are often hard to find. For girls who grow up in poverty, like Pu, as they mature into young women, they become focused on simply meeting their essential needs. Many have lost their hope of pursuing personal passions and dreams.
New Skills Bring New Opportunities
When Pu learned how to make jewelry, her life began to change. As an Artisan, she enjoys the security of a steady job and earning enough income to help her family while still having time to work on other things.
Pu’s favorite part of creating jewelry is beadwork.
She wants to develop her designing skills and dreams of having her own shop, one day, where she can create her own designs.
But her favorite part of being an Artisan is much more personal.
“I’m lucky because I didn’t want to move to a big city to find a job like many of my friends had done. I’m very happy doing this work because I can live in my hometown while I raise my two children and send them to school surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!” – Pu
Check out these beautiful and creative designs made by Pu and other young women in Thailand! Click on each photo to discover more!
Trades of Hope is partnering to provide sustainable jobs for women in Thailand.
Every purchase supports a woman in need.