In a small community named Villa Soleada outside of El Progreso, Honduras, live 43 families. With unemployment at more than 50%, many of these villagers lack a meaningful income and battle daily with hunger, lack of proper medical care, and uncertainty over what tomorrow might bring.
In 2008, many women in the community began to receive loans through a micro-finance initiative. Some used these loans to make artisan products out of trash such as handbags, necklaces, and headbands. One day, one of the women came up with the idea of miniaturizing the trash-weaving style, turning it vertical, and inserting a metal pin through the center. The end result? Trashy Earrings.
Many women have now replicated this style and produce hundreds of pairs of earrings to earn a living. We purchase only the highest-quality earrings direct from the women in their homes in Honduras and bring them to the US, ready to ship right to your front door.
We hope you will join us in supporting their work and appreciating the incredible conversion of basic trash into stylish, up-cycled jewelry.
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