Who made your: Brass earrings?
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 | Joanna
These ladies work making jewellery for our supplier Just Trade. This is their story:
In Peru there is a lack of part time, fairly paid work, especially for women living in the sprawling shanty towns of Lima. The options are either working as a housekeeper in the wealthy part of town or in a textile factory; both of which involve lengthy travel, long hours and leaving their children unattended or in the care of the wider family. Over the last ten years, Just Trade have worked hand in hand with Hope Jewellery to provide part time, fairly paid work that the women can do from home, or close to home. This has made a significant difference to their household incomes, meaning the women have been able to improve their homes, pay for medical treatment and educate their children, as well as spend more time with their families.
Over the last ten years Just Trade has provided extensive training in technique and design, which has given the artisans the confidence to design and make their own products. We have also worked on capacity building and have developed dozens of commercially successful ranges for our international customers. The artisans in Peru now specialise in making beautifully crocheted silver jewellery, crocheted cotton brooches, and contemporary brass jewellery.
The project is now based in four areas of Peru, two in the shanty towns in Lima (La Tablada and California) and two provincial cities (Ayacucho and Cajamarca). We are now providing regular work for more than thirty women.