But with the end of the year so close, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about 2014—about all we’ve accomplished in this past year. We’ve held trainings on fair pricing and Fair Trade, we’ve continued to work with our artisans to find new markets for their products, and we’ve started working with a number of new artisans too. And I’ve been thinking about how much more we want to accomplish next year, how many more wonderful artisans there are that would benefit from the trainings we provide.
By giving a recurring gift of $15 each month this year, you will make it possible for us to offer another training each month and support more artisans in the process.
One of our newest artisans is a woman named Evelin Guido, and we are so excited to have her in our community. Evelin learned the art of jewelry making through her job at a costume jewelry manufacturer here in Managua. Earning enough money by working at the minimum wage job was tough, and Evelin spent many evenings and weekends working to make more jewelry using scraps and recycled paper to sell on her own. Even then, not able to tap into the markets, she was barely making ends meet.
When I first saw the jewelry that Evelin was making in her free time, I fell in love with it. The pieces are delicate and beautiful, and you would never know that they were made from recycled scraps. I knew they would be a hit. In talking with Evelin, I realized that she was selling the jewelry for far less than she should, as she wasn’t accounting for the time it had taken her to make it.
We’ve been working with Evelin for a few months now, and already I can see a change in her. At 24, she has only had a few years of formal schooling, and up until recently, attending university was just a distant dream. Now she’s making plans for it. She has faith that with the support from members like you at Esperanza en Accion, she can support her family and also save to go back to school.
Help us make more dreams come true by making a donation this holiday season. Your support will let us work with other artisans like Evelin—people who are looking for every opportunity to change their lives.
A gift of $15 each month will go a long way to support the dreams of so many people. Help us make these dreams a reality.
With love and warmth,
Esperanza en Accion