Artisan Spotlight: Mae

March 17, 2018 0 Comments

Artisan Spotlight: Mae

For us, success is seeing lives transformed. We would like to share with you a personal story of one of our female artisans whose life you have affected through your recent purchases here at Yobel Market.

Her name is Mae. Mae is one of many women in East Asia who dreamed of education and a future but was denied it because of the belief that educating women is a waste. She begged to be put in school but was not allowed by her parents, though her brothers were permitted. Some days she would stand at the gate of the school to try and catch what the teacher was saying.

Mae’s story is very similar to most women in this part of the world. Marginalized, underprivileged, and thirsty for education and a hopeful future.

Fast forward decades later, Mae is now working for Starfish Project: a non-profit organization on a mission to rescue women from human trafficking and exploitation. In addition to being taught a new skill and trade, Mae is now finally fulfilling her dream to learn to read and write in her own language as well as English!

We received a simple note with our latest order from these artisans hand-written and in English. The writing was distinctively reminiscent of traditional Chinese characters. The words were simple and heartfelt. And every pen stroke bespoke freedom, hope, and a life-long dream come true.

It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the artisans at Starfish Project to bring you beautiful jewels, handcrafted from hope and redemption. We hope you continue to help us support artisans like Mae through shopping ethical trade and changing lives one dollar at a time.





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