"Before Hands Producing Hope I had nothing, now I have something."
Hands Producing Hope artisan
Hands Producing Hope (HPH) is the vision of Rebecca Gardner, who lived in Costa Rica for six months. During that time she learned about the discrimination and difficulties Guaymi, those indigenous to Costa Rica, face. When she returned to the U.S. the people she met in Costa Rica were never far from her thoughts. Her heart became burdened with a desire to help in some way...and Hands Producing Hope came to life.
Hands Producing Hope provides dignified and acceptable work to women so they can provide for their families and flourish in their communities. It helps women in three main ways: financial, educational, and spiritual. Today Hands Producing Hope works with artisans in Costa Rica and Rwanda.
Love Justly spoke with Rebecca about what Hands Producing Hope means to her, her dreams for the company, and the impact the artisans have had on her heart.
Hands Producing Hope is in this for the long haul, understanding real change sometimes takes generations, can you describe that?
Yes! While we are all about seeing immediate change and transformation we are even more so focused on seeing a generational and lasting impact happen. For instance, some of the women we work with are in their 40's, never went to school past first grade, and have poor health. These women are now learning a new skill, are receiving mentorship and are being taught life skills classes.
They are finding hope that had been lost and are providing for their families in new ways. This is so important. But what is equally important is how this is going to have a ripple effect for years and years to come. These women are now better equipped to send their children to school. Their children are now exponentially more likely to graduate high school, to pursue their dreams, and to have a bright future.
These children are being raised with better access to medical care and more nutritious food, both of which will make an impact on their lifespan and their education. We want to see every child of our artisans have their parents' ceilings be their floors. We believe that these kiddos are going to make an even greater impact in their community than their mamas are -- and their mamas are doing amazing things!
When you think about the work Hands Producing Hope does, what makes you most proud?
I am proud of the bravery that our artisans display. These women have endured a lot in their lifetimes and they have not given up. They bravely fight for their children and their futures. They have bravely trusted HPH to help them earn a livelihood. I am proud of who they are and that they have let me into their lives. I am also so very proud that we have been able to grow from 12 artisans to over 80 in three short years. It is hard to wrap my head around sometimes honestly!
When people buy from Hands Producing Hope how are lives transformed?
Lives are transformed with every purchase because with those funds we are able to provide dignified work, educational scholarships, mentorship, and literacy classes. Because of the support of our customers and donors -- 80 women and hundreds of family members have the peace of mind of that their work will continue, that school fees will get paid, health insurance will be able to be afforded. Through each purchase, the women behind the product grow in their confidence as a business woman and grow in their hope for the future. It is a beautiful, beautiful thing that you get to be part of.
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