The artisans who partner with us are a group of females who have been trained to create handmade paper bead jewelry. They are artists, sisters, mothers, and friends.
We collaborate with a local non-profit coming alongside their years of experience of working with these women. The non-profit selected these women because they were from low-income families, lacked a formal education, and were identified as hard-working and teachable.
When the artisans formed their jewelry group they were mostly single women in their early 20s. Now almost all of them are married with kids. In 2020, during the pandemic, the group morphed and changed once again. Now they are entirely young single women, available to work full-time. All of these women told us that before they had the opportunity to work making jewelry they were just sitting at home. Some were threatened to be married off, while others were forced to work around the house all day.
It's one of the many reason why our desire is to help them access a more global market so they can provide more for their families and in turn flourish in their daily lives.
Each bead is made by hand through a process of measuring, cutting, rolling, and varnishing. Depending on the length, width, or thickness of your paper strip can change the entire shape of the final bead. These women only use scissors and varnish to hand-roll each and every bead used in their jewelry.