Many of you know that I recently joined a company called Trades of Hope, and I am super passionate about their mission. TOH’s mission is to empower women out of sweatshops, slums, abuse, human trafficking, and extreme poverty all across the world by providing them with a sustainable business. We employ artisans from 17 different countries including the US to create beautiful handmade, ethically sourced jewelry, bags, home décor and more. We market and sell the gorgeous pieces that these women create so that they can in turn provide for their families. I am so passionate about helping these women fight injustice. I truly feel like this is what God has been calling me to do. We work to give back to these women by providing them with things like baby chicks, fruit trees, water wheels, education, and more so that they can rise up out of the dire situations they have been living in and ultimately change their lives and that of their families and communities. TOH just released a summer capsule collection, and I wanted to share with you my three favorite pieces from that collection because they are not only gorgeous, but the stories behind them are truly touching. Purchasing any of these products directly impacts women around the world.
The inspiration for this summer capsule collection is the beautiful, unpretentious wildflower. Wildflowers are vibrant and gorgeous. They can survive and grow in the harshest of environments just like many of our artisans. Our artisans have faced adversity, yet they have grown despite their challenges. This collection showcases pops of color and the vibrancy of the wildflower. Altogether, nine new products were released, but I want to highlight my three favorite ones.
Guatemala has the highest poverty rate in Latin America. Nearly half of the children there under the age of five are chronically malnourished, which is one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Many of the women in Guatemala are uneducated. TOH’s partnership with the artisans there has empowered them to rise up out of poverty. These women are given the opportunity to attend school and learn basic principals that will help them move ahead in life, become self-reliant, and financially independent. The Maya Wallet is just one of many products that TOH carries from Guatemala. It is absolutely gorgeous. Each one is as unique as the artisan that creates it as they come in a variety of colors, patterns, and motifs. Our artisans in Guatemala use fabric from their traditional blouses called hupil to make these wallets and then line them with beautiful denim. Each wallet is then trimmed in genuine leather. How gorgeous are these colors? I love the fact that you wait in anticipation of what yours will look like! So pretty!
India holds the largest number of poor people in the world, many of which live in rural areas. Twenty-two percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Women and children in India are often vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many are forced to sell their bodies or work in sweatshops to support their families. While India has made great strides in reducing poverty, it is still painfully high. Through TOH’s partnership with several artisan groups in India, women are given a chance to work from home while they take care of their families. These artisan groups are now able to provide education for their children and support their families. The Catalina Necklace is one of the new pieces from the artisan group in India. It is made from sterling silver, reconstituted turquoise stone and sillimanite. It is so dainty and just beautiful.
Did you know that in Haiti, many women are forced to leave their children at orphanages just because they cannot feed them? This is the case for the majority of the 500,000 orphans Haiti. A young couple that traveled to Haiti to adopt learned that most of the orphans had mothers that really wanted them but that couldn’t care for them. They were so moved by this that they decided to create the “Unorphanage.” This group now employs hundreds of women and allows them to make an income and keep their children! One of these women, named Gina, is now able to give her daughter the life she never thought she could. Her daughter, Christnelle plays in the onsite daycare while Gina creates beautiful products like these earrings. She is no longer is forced to feed her daughter cookies made from clay just to fill her belly. These Limitless Earrings are made from upcycled aluminum and are hand cut and hammered into these modern shapes by our artisans in Haiti. They are super lightweight and are a gorgeous statement piece.
I hope that you are able to see the beauty in these pieces and the incredible stories behind them. Each of our artisans is a true inspiration of perseverance and how you can change a life with determination. To check out the entire summer capsule, you can preview it here. If you are interested in learning more about the mission of Trades of Hope or want to hear more stories of our artisans, you can request to join my Facebook group, Anchored Hope.
Anchored in Hope,