$ 19.50 $ 30.00
Earrings for every occasion, this stud set can be worn casually or dressed up for a glowing fancy look! This collaboration was made possible through one of our refugee artisans named, Sancha, who created the clay studs along with our artisans in Kenya who created the gold leather and tread earrings!
+ Leather earrings made in Kenya
+ Clay earrings made by refugees living in the USA
+ Materials: Polymer clay + gold foil, leather + thread
+ Stainless steel posts
SPRING COLLECTION INTRODUCTION
This gleaming collaboration is inspired by the Kenyan teen moms we serve, who affectionately refer to glitter as “shine, shine.” In order to shine, one must reflect light. While the darkness of the world grows, so does the opportunity for us to shine. As we burn brighter and illuminate the darkness, we are connected by each bright and light piece of our Shine Shine Collection created by hand by global artisans. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
ABOUT THE ARTISAN
Monica is 40 years old and has four children. She dreams to purchase land for home construction and her farming business. She wants to ensure her children have the best education she can afford!
Monica pulled Kristen Welch, MHG Founder, aside after their visit together in a slum in Kenya, and she slowly pulled up her sleeve to reveal the angry 10-inch gash in her arm. Kristen cringed at the jagged stitches while Monica explained that in a drunken rage, her husband had chased her with scissors. Monica explained that if she didn’t have her job with Have Hope, her only option would be to continue in the abuse. But dignified work had given her options. Hope. Monica is one of dozens of artisans in Kenya being employed by Mercy House Global to make handcrafted jewelry for our new Spring Collection.
ARTISAN STORY: 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.