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Each collection created by Artisans Thrive is a labor of love. It begins with a vision, crafted by our team, our artisans, our customers, and our volunteers, including our Design Committee. It then becomes an iterative process of working with our partners over a series of months to make just the right product and at the same time, ensure that our collection is cohesive. We are proud to launch our new Spring | Summer Collection, which we think is our best yet. You’ll find lots of new goodies, including many custom items you won’t find elsewhere.

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Six months since the graduation of the Mujeres con Vision, we have continued to work closely with the group and monitor their progress!

After the graduation, the women found themselves putting their skills to work quickly as they had a few orders lined up for World Orphans, our partner in the development of this cooperative and who continue to play a vital role in assisting with the functioning of the cooperative.

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If you spend an afternoon walking through the quaint, dirt roads scattered around Buea, Cameroon, you may hear the hum, hustle, and bustle of many pedal machines fast at work. The textile and designing business is thriving throughout the city; everywhere you go, you can spot women in the streets wearing original designs, boasting the bold, colorful, unique patterns found only in Africa. If you look closely, many of the women work alone, or with a partner, or even one or two apprentices in their shop. There hasn’t been anything to unite these designers and seamstresses. We began discussing options for this project back in July 2017. Read More
It’s been 7 months since we celebrated the graduation of our first group of women who completed our Artisans Thrive Training Program (ATTP). The women of Casa Rosa have worked extremely hard since the completion of their training program in July 2017. During their training program, the women were integral in the design of the Leydi cross-body bag which we launched in our 2017 Fall | Winter Collection. Throughout the holiday season, we loved sharing the story behind the cooperative and design with our customers. Read More
This month marks the launch of our next training program, and we are  excited to share our plans with you! After our successful launch of two Artisans Thrive training programs in Guatemala, we are excited to be branching out to a new continent and work with another new organization. This February, we will be working in Western Africa in the country of Cameroon to  launch our third training program. Read More
After nearly four months of our training program, the highly anticipated day had arrived. The excitement and thrill could be felt in the room. The morning was a mix of preparations and eagerness for the evening’s events. Bustling around the workshop, putting final touches on their products to be displayed and sold that evening, the women went, one by one, to be pampered - by getting their hair done, nails painted and makeup done by the thoughtful World Orphans staff of psychologists. The day had finally arrived: it was the day the women would graduate from the Artisans Thrive Training Program.   Read More

In this post, we highlight Odra, one of the women participating in our training program in Guatemala City. "Odra joining this cooperative is the first time she will have access to stable work and stable income in her life. At our training program graduation, Odra said that she never thought that sewing would be something that she could do. And, as she struggled each day to learn and improve, she kept thinking that we were going to give up on her. She kept thinking that she couldn’t do it. But with the encouragement of the other women, the sewing instructor and our teachers, she gradually improved."

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The women in the La Verbena community, who have been working together for just under three months, were faced with several questions as they determined their next steps of solidifying their group: What words do they want to represent them as a group? What is the story they want to tell? How do they want to be represented to others? How do they want to be remembered? Read more about how the women of our artisan training program in Guatemala City create their name, vision, and mission statement.

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Tucked away in the heart of Guatemala City, Guatemala, lies the community of La Verbana. Here we have just began our second Artisans Thrive Training Program in partnership with World Orphans. On Friday afternoon, while everyone else is winding down for the week, you can find 15 women who have set aside their other responsibilities, left their children in someone else’s care, headed to the classroom, and who sit ready and willing to learn. Read More
Part 3 of our meet the weavers series! Kaushila is 20. When she suddenly lost her husband at 19, she was desperate to find work to support herself and joined the Weaving for Empowerment training program. Learn more about her story on the blog. Read More
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