Global 10 Year Anniversary Earring
The Global Celebrate Earrings were created by Mercy House Global, celebrating their 10th anniversary! The earrings showcase the incredible skill of artisans of Starfish Project (Asia), Miujiza (Kenya) and Mercy House Global (refugees in Houston) to create a stunning collaboration of design.
Not only is this fun earring a masterful example of unity, it can also be styled 8 different ways! These earrings really are a party on your ear! A strong gold rectangle holds three removable charms: a clay hexagon with gold foil, a ceramic bead, and a tiny tassel. We hope you understand the deep impact of your Fair Trade purchases as you celebrate this trendy + global piece with us.
ARTISAN STORY: SANCHA
When Kristen Welch, MHG Founder, visited her friend Sancha for chai tea, Sancha commented on the polymer earrings Kristen was wearing. Kristen and her daughters had been experimenting with clay. She took off an earring and placed it into Sancha’s hand. Sancha turned it over in her palm, studying it closely and said, “I would like to learn to make these.” Her curiosity, eye for detail and determination helped Sancha quickly surpass her teacher and today, she is a skilled polymer artist.
Sancha is from the war-torn country of Bhutan, and her family was sent to a refugee camp in Nepal about 20 years ago for refuge. She came to the United States with her husband from the refugee camp in 2012 and lives in a refugee community in Houston. In 2014 Mercy House Global began providing work for refugees in Houston and developed a one on one relationship with Sancha. She uses the money she earns to provide for her family. Her dream is to own a home one day. Recently, Sancha took the steps to become a US citizen.
ARTISAN STORY: MIUJIZIA CERAMICS
Claris led us down the long winding path to her broken home in the bottom of the slum. When we met her in 2014, she was broken too. Her niece, Lillian, the only 12-year-old teen mom ever to be rescued, moved into Rehema House, and began to heal. Claris needed healing too. Her life dramatically changed when she joined Miujiza. The job not only taught her new skills, it brought new life.
Miujiza means "miracle" in Kenya. These women are the grandmothers of the babies who live at Rehema House, our rescue center for teen moms just outside of Nairobi. These grandmothers asked to be rescued too, and the beautiful pieces they create are miracles!
Clay is collected in the mountains of Kenya and goes through a in-depth, multi-step process to become beautiful beauty-from-ashes jewelry.