A blend of material and textures sets apart these neutral statement earrings. From the top an enclosed clay stud, a hand cut leather semicircle, and then three crimson hanging tassels. These earrings were created by Sancha and the women of Have Hope in Kenya.
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 STORY: HAVE HOPE
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 Fall Collection.
Have Hope women are working their way out of poverty in the middle of a bustling slum in Kenya.