This earthy collection is inspired by the rich God-colors we find in creation as the globe yields a harvest palette of rich, ripe hues. Before fall ushers in the darkness of winter, it gives us an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labor, and to pull out a chair so we can share our bounty with others. This handmade collection—the fruit of artisan labor—not only puts food on the table for Kenyans and refugee makers empowered by Mercy House Global; it also serves as a reminder to share the light in the darkness.
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!” Matt. 5:15-16 (MSG)
ARTISAN DETAILS: Sancha
When Kristen Welch, MHG Founder, visited her friend Sancha for chai tea, Sancha commented on the polymer earrings Kristen was wearing. Kristen and her daughters had been experimenting with clay. She took off an earring and placed it into Sancha’s hand. Sancha turned it over in her palm, studying it closely, and said, “I would like to learn to make these.” Her curiosity, eye for detail and determination helped Sancha quickly surpass her teacher, and today, she is a skilled polymer artist.
Sancha is from the war-torn country of Bhutan, and her family was sent to a refugee camp in Nepal about 20 years ago for refuge. She came to the United States with her husband from the refugee camp in 2012 and lives in a refugee community in Houston. In 2014, Mercy House Global began providing work for refugees in Houston and developed a one-on-one relationship with Sancha. She uses the money she earns to provide for her family. Her dream is to own a home one day. Recently, Sancha took the steps to become a US citizen.
A couple of months ago, a woman just like you sat in her home in a Kenyan slum, and she held this very pair of earrings in her hands. She carefully sorted colors and worked pliers and created something for you to wear. She smiled with satisfaction when she completed the earrings; the same way you smiled when you put them on. This mother made these beautiful pieces to protect her family from poverty. She made them for you. The women of Have Hope began meeting together in 2010 to establish a sense of home where there was none. Today, these women are proudly part of the working class in Kenya and have become skilled jewelry makers.
Like a city on a hill, this autumn trio illuminates in a way that cannot be ignored! These earrings are the beautiful outcome of a collaboration between Kenyan and refugee artisans. If you like style options, these earrings are for you because they display a magnificent sequence of fall hues that you can easily rotate through to spice up any outfit in your seasonal wardrobe. No matter how you choose to wear or share them, know that your purchase brings light to dark places and provides a beacon of hope to the artisans that hand-crafted them!
+ Polymer clay earrings were thoughtfully crafted by a refugee artisan living in Houston
+ Leather earrings were crafted by Have Hope in Kenya
+ Materials: Polymer clay, gold foil, thread, leather, and stainless steel posts
Triangle Studs: .5" (H) x .75" (W)
Crescent Studs: .65" (L) x .38" (W)
Leather Studs: Approximately 1" Diameter