Artisans from USA
Baptist Friendship House
Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, Louisiana, works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless, human trafficking survivors, and those living in poverty.
They are a registered Christian Women’s Job Corps site of national WMU.
The artisans learned to create pottery as a part of the therapy provided at Baptist Friendship House. Now these women have turned their hobby into a skill they can use to rebuild their lives.
Begin Anew Refugee Artisan Group
Leaving their homes and coming to a new land with new customs, new rules, and a new language is overwhelming for many refugees. The language barrier creates obstacles as they try to begin a new life. Begin Anew, a Christian Women's Job Corps ministry in Nashville, TN has a mission “to empower individuals in Middle Tennessee to overcome obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources.”
Begin Anew’s south Nashville site works with refugees to teach them English and to help them become established in their new home. As a WorldCrafts artisan group, Begin Anew teaches a group of women how to hand screen-print a variety of items to earn additional income for their families.
In the words of Thee, one of the artisans from Myanmar, when you purchase an item handcrafted by Begin Anew, the artisans send you, "Big, Big Thanks!"
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.
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.
Fleeing persecution in their native countries, such as Sudan, Bhutan, Burma, and Egypt, refugees often encounter new and threatening challenges upon arrival in the United States. Children are drawn into crime, parents are treated with disdain and overworked, and even basic tasks seem like impossible puzzles. Refugee Beads exists to provide hope, a sense of community, and needed income for refugees living in the Atlanta area. The jewelry created by these women is marketed across America to benefit their families. Many of the women are the wives of refugee pastors serving their own people groups.
Refugee Sewing Society
Refugee Sewing Society in Clarkston, Georgia, teaches viable skills to vulnerable refugee women. The women receive payment for the products they sell, helping them earn a supplemental income. They have access to available resources including ESL and citizenship classes, which will allow them to adapt to their new home in America.
Sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry. Trafficked women feed a worldwide demand for sex slaves, prostitution, and pornography. Poverty and the fear of uncertain futures leave these women vulnerable to the lure of traffickers. In the midst of this criminal world,
The WellHouse fights human trafficking as it extends God’s grace and creates opportunities for restoration to exploited women. Here, trafficked victims enter a safe residential environment where they receive spiritual, mental, emotional and physical support. By purchasing a bracelet or necklace created by a human trafficking survivor, you join the battle against exploitation and share hope, love, and courage.