I am a partner with Trades of Hope which is a beautiful company that uses fashion as a force for good to empower women around the world out of extreme poverty and human trafficking. We partner with artisans in 19 different countries including right here in the US through job creation. We believe that business, not charity, is the long-term solution to solving the global poverty crisis. Our artisans are given a job creating gorgeous, handcrafted, artisanal jewelry, handbags, home décor, and more. They are paid a fair and living wage through fair trade, which allows them to provide for their family’s basic needs, get access to health care, job training, and therapeutic services. The work that we do is really making a difference in the lives of women all over the world. It is giving women the opportunity to truly change their lives. I am very passionate about my work with TOH and like to share some of my favorites each season because I love the beautiful work our artisans do so much. Our fall collection, entitled Renaissance of Thought, was released last month, and I am so in love with the jewel-toned colors and the uniqueness of each piece. Check out some of my favorites from this collection.
The Bijou Bracelet is made by women in Haiti who are now able to keep their babies instead of turning them over to orphanages because they can’t provide for them. This bracelet is made up of hand-rolled and painted Haitian clay beads, natural sodalite stone beads, steel beads, and hand-rolled cereal box beads. That’s right, our artisans take discarded cereal boxes and turn them into something unique and beautiful.
Makensia is one of the artisans that creates the Bijou Bracelet. Here is her story of hope.
These beautiful Zanmi Earrings are also created by women in Haiti who are working to be able to keep and feed their babies. They are made from lightweight, upcycled aluminum with hand-tied navy tassels. I love how they recycle items that we often discard.
Ismaella is one of the artisans that creates the Zanmi Earrings. Here is her story of hope in her own words.
This gorgeous necklace is created by women and men in India who are now able to provide for their families. Yes, we do sometimes have men that work alongside our women artisans! The Amara Necklace features a paper clip linked adjustable chain, a handcrafted gold-toned filigree charm, and a genuine labradorite gemstone charm.
Dulal is one of the men who helps to create the Amara Necklace. Here is his story of hope in his own words.
The Aura Earrings are created by women in the Phillipines who are rising up out of extreme poverty. These elegant earrings are very lightweight and are created using natural capiz shells that are hand-cut by these women to create these geometric shapes.
Emelyn is one the artisans that creates these earrings. Here her story of hope.
This intricate scarf is handcrafted by artisans in India using ancient Bagru block printing techniques and natural indigo dyes. It features a multi-color border with shades of crimson red, emerald green and gold. It is very generous in size and can be used in the traditional way around your neck, as a headwrap, as a vest, or even wrapped around your waist! The possibilities are endless.
The Rita Scarf is created by women like Babli. Here is her story of hope.
The Everyday Crossbody is handcrafted in India by women who have gained freedom from sweatshops. It is beautifully handcrafted from ethically sourced leather and features an expertly hidden exterior slip pocket, an adjustable strap, and an adorable cotton-lined interior with an additional zippered storage pocket.
Women like Rafiqan work to create this beauty. Here is her story of hope.
Aren’t these all so amazing? Not only are they beautifully crafted, but the stories behind them are truly inspirational. To shop for these gems or any of our other pieces or to learn more about our mission at Trades of Hope, you can visit my website here. Every purchase is empowering women (and men) around the world to become the heroes of their own stories.
Anchored in HOPE,
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