Empower women in rural areas of extreme poverty.
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
Sandy’s Story of Hope
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!
Julia’s Story of Hope
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
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