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.

bannerc copyThese are some of the women and men we help in our workshop!

13 responses to “

  1. This looks really interesting and worthwhile. Good luck.

  2. Congratulations. Keep it going. This module has worked wonders in India. My best wishes.

  3. Hi.
    I read about you on Orchid site. I am looking for a source of metals and metal cut-outs for jewelry making.
    I am also a “starving artist” but not to the degree that your Girls may be.
    I do make jewelry… am experimenting with metals; nickel silver, copper, some brass and open to other metals.
    and sterling.
    I also need to have a stamp made… with a custom logo… if you could do things like this.

    I look forward to hearing from you and please send your etsy address.
    Elaine

  4. Reading this makes us even more proud to be doing business with Laura and the girls! We live, produce and sell our jewelry very for away – Madawaska County, New Brunswick, Canada – but we are always proud to tell our customers that our copper pieces come from Laura and the girls. Tell your students we talked about them a lot this morning at the market – half way across the world! We cannot recommend this shop highly enough to other jewelry makers! Awesome artisans… a wonderful story… and always-always friendly and efficient service… what more could we ask for! It is a pleasure and privilege to work with you and we hope to be doing so for many years to come! Joey and Christyna – Agrosylva

  5. Laura:
    You have a great site do great work, and gave some real helpful information about mail in Mexico. I took the liberty of putting your link on my website. I get about 1,000 unique visitors per day. Your link is at http://mexicalimaryann.com/mexicali-facts/receiving-and-sending-mail-in-mexico/. Hope it is OK with you.
    God Bless,
    MaryAnn

  6. Hi,

    You should add links for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (to your home page) to help get your project/info out there to more people that would want to help. Creating a Facebook page, if you haven’t already, would be good too.

    Mike

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