If you're following along on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably noticed some new (and really pretty) jewelry has arrived! I'm so excited to introduce you to the amazing vendor behind these pieces: AshaBelle.
"Asha" means hope, and "belle" means beautiful. That's exactly what Ashabelle is doing: bringing a beautiful hope to the women and families of Zakhira, India.
Ten years ago, a ministry called Sahayak was started in Zakhira. Since many women were uneducated, they weren't able to find a stable job. Through Sahayak, this began to change. The goal of this program was to train women to make jewelry as a way to support themselves and their families. In 2014, Jon and Kim Freeman got involved to grow the business, and AshaBelle was born.
By training women to create beautiful jewelry, their hope is to empower families to thrive and rise above poverty. The ladies of AshaBelle no longer have to work long hours at a shoe factory or try survive on the income their husbands may contribute. Instead, they get to work a respectable job in a safe environment!
By purchasing and wearing items from Paisley + Sparrow, including jewelry from AshaBelle, you're strengthening families, contributing to communities, and empowering women like Choti Afsana, Aphasana, and Rubaida.
"Every artisan has a story and a hope for the future, and by purchasing AshaBelle products, you are bringing hope to them by providing them with sustainable income that supports their families and strengthens the community of Zakhira." Learn more about AshaBelle here, or shop their items here.
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