Our biggest Summer SALE yet! Save on over 80 designs including 4 NEW exclusive releases! Shop now while supplies last!

Our biggest Summer SALE yet! Save on over 80 designs including 4 NEW exclusive releases! Shop now while supplies last!

Fair Trade Jewelry and Ethical Fashion

Stories of Hope in the Philippines – Trades of Hope

by | Artisans, Stories of Hope

Read Time: 4 min.

Empower women to keep their families together.

In the Philippines, finding employment as a woman in poverty can be extremely difficult. Poor working conditions, lack of job security, and unfair pay are often the realities. Through your purchase of their handcrafted designs, these women are receiving an income, health care, and social development programs. This allows these women to realize their potential and pursue their dreams in a safe environment. You have the opportunity to change lives!

Natural Capiz Shell

Fair Trade Jobs for Women in Areas of Extreme Poverty

Natural Capiz Shell 2

Grace’s Story of Hope

When Grace applied for a job with this Artisan community in the Philippines, she underestimated the skill required to work with natural capiz shell but was determined to learn.

Believing that “with determination, nothing is impossible”, Grace soon overcame every challenge and has continued to advance in her career with this Artisan community for over fifteen years. She even earned enough income to purchase a lot and home for her family!

Grace and her family are thankful for the opportunities Grace has been offered as an Artisan. She recently moved on to pursue other dreams, opening the door for another local woman to experience healing and hope as an Artisan in the Philippines. We’re cheering Grace on in the next chapter of her life and wish her the best!


Allen’s Story of Hope

Allen married an Artisan from this workshop and together they had three children.

Wanting to help her husband provide for their family’s needs, Allen eagerly learned the skills she needed to begin working for this workshop as a “piece rate” Artisan.

As the mother of an autistic child, being paid “per piece” rather than working an hourly schedule gave her the freedom and flexibility to work when it worked for her and her family.

Allen’s income allows her to send her kids to school and provide her child with autism with special education classes.

Always eager to learn, Allen is not only a skilled capiz shell, soap, lotion, and cologne Artisan, she’s even learned computer programming!

Click on the photos below to explore these fair-trade, eco-friendly, natural capiz shell earrings!

Emelyn, Capiz Shell Artisan in the Philippines
Wooden Capiz Earrings
Moonlight Earrings from the Philippines

What would you like to see these Artisans make next?


More Philippines Blogs

Click on each photo below to discover more about our Artisan partners and products in THE PHILIPPINES.

Share this story!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.