Open your heart to experience the joy of fairly traded goods! These Open Heart Hoops were crafted by artisans at Forged in Hope in Kenya. They're the perfect statement piece for the fair trade lover in your life this Valentine's Day!
Made by skilled artisans at Forged in Hope in Kenya
ABOUT THE ARTISAN
Forged in Hope is an artisan group supported by Mercy House Global. The group started with an artisan named Stephen who expressed himself through creating jewelry. He established his upcycled brass jewelry business in the heart of Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa.
After Stephen died of typhoid, his wife Maureen continued his legacy and grew production volume to ensure ongoing work for the employees. From tragedy, Maureen has built a strong jewelry business, and she has also invested in multiple businesses in Kibera, creating opportunities for others and stimulating economic growth.
Before Stephen's death, Wycliffe worked closely with him for several years as an artisan in the jewelry workshop. Wycliffe quickly rose to a position of leadership to supervise the daily work of the artisans. Through the previous partnership with Karama Collection, Wycliffe was able to learn pricing, team leadership, and quality control. Through his leadership, five additional positions have been added to the business. Mercy House Global is proud to support this talented group of artisans.