The Story Behind Our Handmade Earrings

One of the first things you see when walking into our store is the setup of earrings to the left. At least, that's one of the first things I saw when I walked in. What drew me to these pieces was the bright colors and unique designsI specifically took a long look at the purple and gold LSU earrings that would be perfect for game days (wink wink). 

You may be wondering, "What's so special about these earrings?"

These priceless clay earrings are handmade onsite by our Head Refugee Artisan and mother of three from Sudan, Layla (pictured below). She is one of the many refugee women who are a part of the important behind the scenes creatives at The Hope Shop.

Here, we provide skills training that will help our women learn job and life skills. We also provide fair wages to help with the cost of starting a new life in the United States, and advocate for our refugee women by helping in the transition to their new lives in the U.S. This includes, and is not limited to, bank accounts, driver's licenses, VISA documentations, clothing donations and English practice. Furthermore, to ensure that our refugee women don't feel alone in this lengthy process, we strive to provide a fun and cooperative environment in and out of the shop. 

I cannot emphasize enough how well-made each and every earring is here. They are not only able to be a pop of color and design to your outfit, but also sturdy staple pieces to wear every day. 

If that didn't convince you to go check out these earrings on our Government St. location (and online), then I'm just going to have to ask you to read this again until it does.