Fair Trade Jewelry and Ethical Fashion

Rosaura’s Story of Hope

by | Artisans

Rosaura is one of our Artisan partners in the Dominican Republic. She fell in love with making jewelry during a free workshop offered to young girls by American mission teams. She grew up enjoying designing and making jewelry as a fun hobby. Now, at 19 years old, she’s earning income and saving toward her dream of becoming a jewelry designer. (Read Time: 1 min.)

“When American outreach teams came to build homes, I would participate in workshops with jewelry designers.” – Rosaura

“I found my passion! I love designing jewelry! We enjoy many daily activities. I like to learn and expand my knowledge. I’m very committed to my studies and plan to continue my education in university.

Before I became an Artisan, my life was very different. A few years ago, I had a problem with depression and felt that I had no friends. I was always isolated and did not talk to anyone about it. But today, I’ve overcome my fears. Now, I can be confident and make plans for my life and learn new things.

Becoming an Artisan has helped me to fulfill my dreams of studying since my family is very poor and I’m one of five children.

I graduated high school and I’ll be moving into a new position later this year as Design Director. I‘ll be starting university later this year also.

In my future, I hope to finish my studies, become a professional, and have my own business.”

– Rosaura, Artisan in the Dominican Republic

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  1. Elisa Schmidt

    I’m so happy that Rosaura has the opportunity to fulfill her passion now!
    These bracelets are my favorite and I get so many wonderful compliments on them. When I share that they are helping women to break free from poverty people love them even more!


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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.