|The Jewelry School at Los Laureles|
After Ezekiel Nichols joined a team to Honduras several years back, he returned to the U.S. and never said another word about his visit. It wasn't until two years ago that he approached AHMEN with a call to start a system of microenterprises at the dump in La Ceiba with the ultimate goal of helping families work their way out of life in the trash. Last summer the “De La MontañaAl Mar” team identified a group of women interested in starting small businesses. Last August the “Los Amigos” team further identified a group of women willing to learn to make and sell jewelry as a means to start their own business. About this time a lady by the name of Peggie Hurlston volunteered to lead a weekly jewelry-making class with Marlene Lawrence to help the ladies at the dump with their pursuits.
|From L to R: Suyapa, Peggie, Elda, Nellie, Idalia, Michael, Julian, Brenda, Martha|
In addition to monetary donations, “Las Mujeres Bisuteras De Dios” will recycle and re-purpose materials from:
-your old jewelry
-your old beading supplies and jewelry-making equipment
-you old belts and purses
They also need your team to come visit and work with them. In my next blog, I will tell you about a team of 15 volunteers designing a team to specifically go work with the new entreprenuers at Los Laureles.