Shine bright with our new dainty star cut-out necklaces that will quickly become a staple piece to your outfits this Spring! These were hand-crafted out of polymer clay by one of our refugee partners in Houston. You will love how lightweight they are and how the blush clay will match almost anything in your closet!
+ Thoughtfully crafted by refugees living in Houston
+ Materials: Polymer clay + gold chain with lobster clasp
+ Ethically sourced gold chain from East Asia
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
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.