Artisans from Thailand
In many large cities around the globe, a high cost of living coupled with the low wages of some professions can present harsh challenges for many urban dwellers. Napapawn and Panadda, two Thai women living in Bangkok, Thailand, saw firsthand the economic strain that many in their immediate community faced on a daily basis. Their local church began reaching out to one particular community and Napapawn and Panadda began meeting with some of the women there. They would spend time together in conversation and study and even began to crochet as a group. One day they tried their hand at sewing a simple handbag, and Napada was born!
Napada now employs a group of women from this low-income community, enabling them to better the lives of their families while also developing friendships and fellowship. Prior to becoming a part of Napada, some of the women had very low-paying jobs or tough schedules, while others had no work opportunities whatsoever. Napada provides a creative outlet for these women while seeing them come to know eternal hope.
Thai Country Trim
For years, Thai Country Trim in Thailand has been a safe haven for battered women to receive emotional and financial support.
One woman was constantly abused by her family until she sought help at Thai Country Trim. Her family gave her the most chores around the house and consistently told her she was worthless. Now, this woman, along with about 300 other women, is employed by Thai Country Trim, handcrafting items to earn a living and learn to heal from her past.
The talent and tranquility of The Well artisans belie their astoundingly difficult backgrounds: one was sold into prostitution by her family as a small child; several were teenage bar workers; and another was a single mom with no resources. They have discovered their own innate talents through careful training in Thai arts, and The Well has given them a sense of hope and a positive vision for their futures. Today, these women have dreams of opening their own businesses; becoming doctors, nurses, lawyers, and teachers; and sending their children to school.