The inspirational women below are actively confronting social and economic barriers in order to succeed with their artistry. Your purchases have an important multiplier effect as they strive to improve the financial lives of their children, families and often entire communities. Let's honor their strong and inspired leadership.
Featured artist, Asunta Pelaez
After being diagnosed with a debilitating illness, this Peruvian artisan found something that no self-help book could offer. It gave her a thousand reasons to live.
Through her intricate hand-painted glass pieces, Asunta Pelaez tells a story about overcoming life's most difficult challenges. Through her role as a female entrepreneur, she transforms global perspectives about the powerful place of women in the world of business.
Alejandra suffers from debilitating fibromyalgia yet still managed to RUN A MARATHON! While Alejandra experiences extreme pain on a daily basis, she never lets it hold her back. A fervent supporter of female empowerment, Alejandra pays it forward by employing other women, who she pays fair wages so that they can support themselves and their families.
Zandra Lorena Sajbin
From a humbled artist to a respected member of her community, Zandra captures the spirit of the Women's Empowerment badge. After the death of her husband in 2017, Zandra knew that she would need to provide for her three children. She has made their education her top priority and plans to send each of them to university. She has also welcomed six employees into her workshop, who she proudly supports with fair wages.
Sometimes women's empowerment is revealed not on the front lines, but in the quiet, intimate commitments we make to the people we love. Siranya embraces this every day as she works hard to provide an education for her two children. While school fees put a financial burden on Siranya and her husband, they are deeply committed to creating a better future for their children.
Rituu is a powerful woman who learned the fine jewelry-making traditions of her husband's family and turned them into a thriving workshop. In spite of the crippling effects of osteoporosis and other bone ailments, Rituu works through her pain and shares her knowledge with others. Through the great success of her business, she has been able to hire a number of other artisans, most of whom are women.
A true advocate for human rights and gender equality, Chinni has transformed thousands of lives and uplifted her community. With her fair trade workshop, which she began "with the sole aim of empowering women in the area," Chinni has helped over 50 women develop the skills they need to earn a sustainable income. Always ambitious to do more, Chinni also runs a local school that provides free education, books, uniforms and daily meals to over 500 students in India.