Laura’s Jewelry Workshop is a small community workshop, deep in the heart of Mexico, focused on lifting women and men out of poverty. The workshop teaches jewelry making skills and sells the jewelry that is made by the students. The students are mentored by Laura and others until the student feels that she can offer her work for sale. All donations are reinvested into the workshop. This “teach a woman to fish” model can permanently lift whole communities from poverty, providing families with the resources and skills they need to be self sufficient.
Laura’s Jewelry Workshop is a full education program for our students. They learn how to use computers, understand English and proper communications, evaluate health care choices for their family and in every way, we make a huge effort to open their eyes to the world. We teach them how to stand up for themselves and that they alone can make a difference in their own families.
For women, poverty means more than having little or no income. It means missing opportunities because they lack power and voice. It means missing out because they are undercounted, undervalued, under-served and under-represented.