Mission in Guatemala
How can a turtle help a woman rise out of poverty? This isn’t just any turtle … this is a turtle with a mission!
This adorable turtle backpack is handmade in Guatemala by women like Clara who have struggled through the devastating effects of poverty.
Although Guatemala has grown economically in recent years, it still claims one of the highest inequality rates in Latin America. With some of the worst poverty, malnutrition, and maternal-child mortality rates in the region,* there is still work to be done before women are treated fairly. That’s where Trades of Hope comes in.
Clara from Guatemala
Women Helping Women
Starting their own workshop meant more than just meeting their needs to balance work and family time: it meant she could help others rise out of poverty.
Clara has a big heart for the community, and she takes a personal interest in those that work for her. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Clara and her husband exemplify that saying.
One of the young women she employs, Mercedes, struggled with abandonment issues from her childhood. They took her under their wing to help her with food and housing, and Clara taught Mercedes how to sew and make handicrafts.
Now that Mercedes is grown, she works in the group and has the tools she needs to become financially independent.
A Hand Up
Unfortunately, there are countless more women around the world like Mercedes, desperate to find a way to rise above their circumstances.
These women do not want charity. They want an opportunity! A hand UP over a hand OUT.
You can help provide their ongoing sustainability when you purchase the items they create.
*poverty statistics based on 2108 worldbank.org data.