Our Farmhouse Star and Snowy Ornament Set are handcrafted in India by a community of Artisans who specialize in metal crafting and share our common mission to empower women and families out of poverty. In keeping with this mission, 20% of our Artisan partners are men whose income helps them provide better futures for their families and communities.
Anwar is one of our Artisan partners who crafts our Farmhouse Star. He shares how empowering male Artisans makes a direct impact on empowering women and families out of poverty,
“We are two brothers and two sisters. I am the eldest and at an early age of 20, I lost my parents and the entire family burden fell on my shoulders.”
As the oldest brother, Anwar suddenly became responsible for fulfilling both of his parent’s roles, including providing food, shelter, clothing, and education for himself, his younger brother, and his two sisters.
As a twenty-year-old young man, Anwar even accepted all parental and financial responsibilities for his sisters’ future weddings.
In India, where poverty and lack of job opportunities often leads to exploitation of vulnerable workers in dangerous sweatshops, he was faced with trying to find a job that could support four people.
Seeing Anwar’s new responsibilities, his uncle began to teach him how to apply finishes to metal artwork.
As Anwar grew in his crafting knowledge and skills, he was eventually encouraged to build his own workshop at home, so he could earn more income and spend more time with his family.
Skilled in every step of metal crafting – from cutting, heating, and hammering metal shapes by hand to applying decorative finishes – his work as a metal Artisan empowered Anwar to raise, care, and provide for his brother and two sisters – including two traditional Indian weddings!
Now married, Anwar continues to use his Artisan skills to build a future for his new family.
He is proud to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and father, who were both skilled at crafting metal ornaments, lanterns, and art.
Every Farmhouse Star and Snowy Ornament Set purchase makes a direct impact on Artisans like Anwar. Every time you empower one Artisan out of poverty, your impact extends into countless families – bringing hope to entire communities!