CWJC of Madison County, AL
Christian Women's Job Corps of Madison County, Alabama, provides intensive courses that include Bible study and computer classes, completely free of charge. Each student is assigned a mentor, and each mentor is committed to a one-on-one relationship to help build the student's self-esteem, self-confidence and skills essential to success in life and work. Through its partnership with WorldCrafts, women are able to earn an income making leather earrings with leather donated from Holtz Leather Company, a local, family-owned business that is committed to making an impact on the lives of people in their community.
CWJC of Monroe, LA
High unemployment rates. Widespread poverty. These are the realities of life for many women in Monroe, Louisiana. To support these women, Christian Women's Job Corps of Monroe, Louisiana, provides encouragement, love, spiritual training and other tools for a better life. As a WorldCrafts artisan group, these women also have the opportunity to earn a living wage, providing financial stability for their families in a safe and loving environment. The work gives them a sense of self-worth and encourages them to believe that with the Father's help they have the promise of hope for the future.
The artisans are so grateful for your support. "I pray for the person who will purchase the item I am making. I ask God to bless them and their family, and I thank Him for allowing them to be a blessing to me and my family." As the artisans work, they pray for the person who receives each item they make and sign their names on the label of each box.
You can also order custom products from CWJC of Monroe at WorldCrafts.org/CWJCMonroeCustomOrders.
CWJC of Rusk County, Texas
Kristina came from a background of abuse and drugs. After crying out to God to save her in her early 20s, she started a new chapter in her life by joining the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) of Rusk County, Texas. Tutors helped Kristina complete her GED, allowing her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. CWJC of Rusk County exists to give women like Kristina a chance to get back on their feet. Participants can receive instruction in basic job skills, GED and literacy tutoring, and English as a second language courses. They also have the opportunity to earn supplemental income by working in the small jewelry and crafts business at the site.
Eden Ministries serves to restore freedom for the captives of Asia’s red-light districts through holistic programs—transforming body, mind, and spirit. Young women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation are provided a new career, skill training, and counseling—empowering young women for a new life and future.
Eden’s jewelry is handcrafted by rescued young women like Yen. Yen was full of anticipation when her older cousin promised a well-paying job at a restaurant in the big city. However, when Yen arrived in the city, she was immediately drugged, locked in a brothel, and forced into sex slavery. At first she cried daily, but she soon learned to force down her tears, as the boss threatened to burn her with hot water if she cried again. After Yen met Eden’s street outreach, she was rescued and is now starting a new life at Eden.
Eden Ministries’ calling is to be a voice to the oppressed, a light to the darkness. Partners like WorldCrafts help enable Eden Ministries to live out this passion and employ more rescued young women.
In the Middle East, people with disabilities are often forced to become "takers," looking for handouts. Glad Tidings provides dignity for its artisans as they earn a living to provide for themselves and their families. When asked about her hope for the future, one artisan shared, "I don't dream about my future. I dream about the future of my kids. I dream that one day they will be able to get a college education!" For the unloved and rejected, Glad Tidings continues to bring hope and love.
Graffiti 2 Works
Graffiti 2 Works coaches adults to develop the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual skills necessary to achieve their best. Learning to sew and sell products gives these artisans jobs and builds their self-esteem. As the artisans of Graffiti 2 Works sew together, they develop relationships with each other and with our Father.
Hearts and Hands
In Yunnan Province, China, men and women with disabilities develop new skills and earn income through employment as artisans with Hearts & Hands. Those who are Deaf or otherwise physically limited—who previously found little prospect for survival—now realize “plans that will prosper and not harm them, plans for a hope and a future.” Huang Li, who leg was amputated as a child, is one artisan whose life has been changed. When asked what her sewing work means to her, she gave thanks to God, saying, “We can eat.”
Within each stitch of the Himalayan Tapestry artisans’ handiwork is a story of illiteracy, abuse within marriage, and culturally conditioned gender discrimination. While these Indian women suffer quietly, they are expected to carry the financial burden of their families. The women come to Himalayan Tapestry with little education and no basic skills, but here they learn to quilt, tailor, read, and manage money. Working with this organization enables women to make money from their new talents, and it enables them to receive crisis counseling, which brings financial and emotional comfort to their troubled lives.
As markets open up, the women of Igira Impuhwe [i-GI-ru im-HU-we] in Rwanda earn needed income from the sales of their eco-friendly, handwoven grass baskets. Igira Impuhwe lifts women like Mukangenzi Laurance out of desperate poverty. She now rents a home, has health insurance for her family, bought clothes for her children, and rents a garden to grow food. Each woman in the group is also presented with the life-changing offer of eternal hope. Mukangenzi thanks God for changing her life. Igira Impuhwe means “God is compassionate” in Kinyarwanda.
More than a decade ago, a potter in Myanmar created his first nativity set based on one he had seen in a larger town. He hoped to sell the sets to tourists who stumbled upon the traveling market that comes to his lakeside village every five days. Displayed on bamboo tables spread with trinkets to attract souvenir shoppers, his simple clay figures so intrigued one foreigner that she set out to uncover the story behind their production. Surprisingly, she found the family of artisans knew little about the story of the figures they molded. From this first encounter, a relationship grew, as well as a partnership in which she links the artisans to larger markets for their products. Now through Inle Clay, this artisan family is able to provide the health care required by each of its generations living within the same thatched walls, as well as bring economic and spiritual hope to its community.