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Seen + Unseen Studs | Set of 3

$ 36.00

SPRING COLLECTION Grow: Seen + Unseen

This bright and colorful collection represents the hope we carry into the future after walking through the pain of the past. Often when we feel buried, we discover we have actually been planted. The botanical-themed colors and pieces remind us we are always growing, even in the darkness. From the homes of resettled refugees across the ocean to Kenya and every home in-between, this collection represents being rooted, established, and blooming in the most difficult of circumstances. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18

DESCRIPTION

Three earrings, three countries, and lots of lives changed! This stud set was an epic collaboration of artisans from Kenya, Bhutan, and East Asia! Our theme for 2022 is Seen and Unseen, a reminder to fix our eyes on what is eternal. These earrings exemplify just that. While the labor and effort that went into handcrafting each earring were perhaps unseen, we witness a beautiful result and attribute the craftsmanship to the artisans by supporting them, recognizing their hard work, and purchasing with purpose in Jesus' name. 

DETAILS

+ Made by the women of Have Hope in Kenya, artisans in East Asia, and a refugee living in the USA 
+ Crafted from clay, resin, leather, and beige seed beads

ARTISAN DETAILS: Have Hope  

Have Hope began in Kenya as a community outreach ministry of Mercy House Global. Twenty women in the Kariobungi slum have been meeting for Bible study since 2010. With a need to improve their lives, they began making paper bead jewelry as a way to receive sustainable income for themselves and their families. They started calling their group "Have Hope" because they did not have any but desired it. The women in Have Hope are so hungry to learn new skills, and it is beautiful and humbling to work alongside them and watch them grow.

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.

ARTISAN DETAILS: Starfish Project 

Starfish Project empowers survivors of human trafficking and exploitation, to experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers by creating beautiful, high-quality, on-trend jewelry.

"When you purchase a survivor-made product, you partner with us to visit brothels in Asia and invite women to begin a new life as jewelry-makers, accountants, photographers, leaders, and entrepreneurs."

Starfish Project has employed over 160 women and serves thousands more through their Community Outreach Services.


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