Recycled Magazine Healing Hearts Earrings
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Show off your sweet side with these handmade earrings. Small hand-fashioned wire hearts hang from paper beads and silver-plated hooks. Each bead is hand-rolled, sealed with waterproof lacquer, and made into jewelry by women artisans in Kenya and Uganda. By purchasing this beautiful piece, you are directly supporting artisans in two countries and keeping large amounts of discarded paper from the world's streets and landfills.
For every purchase from the Healing Hearts Collection, $0.50 is designated to provide healthcare to Kenyan children in need at Gertrude's Garden Children's Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Wire, recycled paper, & lacquer
- Silver-plated french hooks
- 2" L (5.1 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Kenya
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- March 10, 2015
Bought as gifts for my daughter and a special friend. Workmanship is very nice. Lovely.
Artisan: Acacia Creations
Acacia Creations has been making eco-friendly jewelry, gifts, and home accents at their fair-trade studio in Kenya since 2007. Since then, the tangible benefits of fair-trade are visible in the original group of artists who now have money in savings, have sent their children to school, and are moving into the middle class, one handmade item at a time.
Virginia, a single mother and star of the jewelry-making team, joined Acacia Creations in 2009. Before Acacia, she taught herself to make jewelry and sold her pieces at Nairobi's markets until post-election violence drove the tourists away. She came to work for Acacia, and was able to support her family, put her daughter Rachael through school, and secure a loan to move into a new home, leaving her abusive partner. Rachael is now at the top of her class, and Virginia trains many of the newer jewelry makers.
The mission of Acacia Creations has always been to improve lives in a long-lasting and sustainable way, creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through education and healthcare initiatives. They work directly with hundreds of craftspeople in Nairobi, Kenya and across East Africa to improve their skills and product designs.
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