Stories of Hope in Peru – Trades of Hope

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Empower women in rural areas of extreme poverty.

This Artisan community in Peru is committed to their mission of keeping the unique jewelry-making techniques and Artisan skills of their Peruvian ancestors alive while helping families rise out of poverty. They offer job skills training and income opportunities to vulnerable women in areas of extreme poverty. These Artisans are also committed to building and supporting Artisan training centers in remote areas of the jungle where families have few opportunities to earn a living wage. At these training centers, they pass down their skills and traditions to the next generation to help provide them with the skills they need to earn dignified sustainable income and help them become financially independent.

Fair Trade Jewelry – Job Skills Training and Dignified Income for Women in Remote Villages

Elena’s Story of Hope

Artisan skills are a tradition in my family.

My brothers and my dad taught me my Artisan skills.

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!” – Elena, Jewelry Artisan in Peru

Want to see how Elena makes our Andean Drop Earrings?


Sandy’s Story of Hope

One of my dreams is to study in college.

My work is my way to solve the challenges of pursuing my studies.

It wouldn’t be possible without it.

Without my work, life would be difficult, because I couldn’t pay my expenses. I couldn’t study.

I’m doing my best to keep both activities, even though it is difficult.

Now I’ve become an Artisan with good skills, and I’m able to make some decisions in the production and packaging process.

My favorite part of the day in the workshop is mornings at 8, when we all arrive and prepare for our workday.

It’s funny when our energies join!

Want to see how Sandy makes our Andean Ring?


Julia’s Story of Hope

I became a mother at an early age and had many needs. So, I got my first job as Artisan’s assistant.

My husband was my first mentor. I gained my skills and competitiveness from him. One of my dreams is to have my own workshop.

If I wasn’t an Artisan, my economic status through the pandemic would be hard.

I feel blessed! This order saved us! Trades of Hope was there in an important moment when our work decreased.

The pandemic was difficult for many families. Mine was not an exception. My daughter and son were unemployed.

I was working from home with some Inca Studs in my charge.

This order helped so much because I continued working in my house!

“Our job is not only about a piece of jewelry. It’s a part of our hearts!”

– Julia, Jewelry Artisan in Peru

Virginia’s Story of Hope

Before working as an Artisan, I wasn’t able to pay for private schools for my children.

In Peru, public schools don’t ensure quality education.

My eldest son is applying to a public university while he studies at a math academy, and my little daughter is still studying in elementary school. Their dad and I pay for both studies.

Due to the pandemic, employment in our country is low. Many people have lost their jobs.

We are so grateful for Trades of hope!

Thanks to continuing orders, I can cover our main expenses and continue saving money to achieve my dreams.

“I would like to have my own house and my own business here or maybe in the town I come from.”

– Virginia, Jewelry Artisan in Peru

Ana’s Story of Hope

“Before I became an Artisan, I worked in many different jobs.

Last year was a critical year, because my family’s situation was really bad.

I lost my job before the pandemic, and I had to work with my brother in his small restaurant.

Unfortunately, his restaurant had to close too.

I was offered the opportunity to work with this Artisan community and I accepted.

Without my work, my life would be a mess for sure.

All of the people who buy our products, even if they buy a small piece, are a huge help to us!

I can save money to achieve it in the future.”

– Ana, Artisan in Peru

“I dream of giving my daughters the education I wasn’t given. My work is definitely helping me achieve my dream!”

– Ana, Artisan in Peru

Click on the photos below to explore these handcrafted fair-trade designs from Peru!

Trades of Hope is partnering with Artisans in areas of extreme poverty in Peru to empower women to become financially independent.
Every purchase of Trades of Hope designs from Peru provides safe jobs with living wages that empower women in remote areas of extreme poverty to lead their families out of poverty.

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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.


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