Meet the Artisans
The Community Collection
We call Enrique our little “estudiante”, because he loves to learn new things! He’s 18 years young & not only has a high school diploma, but is also learning the necessary trade skills to work in full-time construction. Enrique works at the jewelry project to help sharpen his welding skills, while also supporting his wife & child.
If there’s ever a mechanical problem in the workshop, Yemilio knows exactly how to fix it! Not only is he our resident handyman, but he’s also a family man & uses his earnings to send his sons to school & to help pay for his wife’s liver transplant & medical expenses.
Xochitl is one of the most creative people we know & even though she’s only been with our project for a few months, she’s already inspired us so much!
Tania has been with our project for over three years & she manages all of our quality control. If it weren’t for her high standards & attention to detail, each piece wouldn’t be made to last a lifetime.
Miriam is one of our youngest artisans & she works alongside her dad, Bruno, to help pay for her’s mom's medical expenses.
Maria is our project veteran & has been employed by the workshop for nine years. She serves as our secretary & also helps take product photos for samples & custom orders. Before joining the project, Maria saw herself as “lazy” & “unmotivated” but now, she feels inspired & like she’s making a real difference in the community.
Luis used to legally work in the U.S. but hated being away from his family. When he moved back to Mexico, he got a job selling bread until a position opened in the workshop. He now works as one of our metal craftsman; one of his favorite things about the project is the way people are treated.
Kenya is a single mom & works full-time at the jewelry project to support her five-year-old daughter, Karina. She’s been saving for a year to send Karina school & is thankful to have co-workers that have become family.
Herbert is Bruno’s son & before joining the project, he spent years working stressful, inconsistent & labor intensive jobs. He’s been with us for three years now & has become a master metal cutter.
Bruno has nine kids, including two that work alongside him at the jewelry project named Herbert & Miriam. Together, they're earning enough money to pay for his wife’s medical expenses & the steady work has helped him provide for the family.
Tanyari has one of the sweetest souls, but she’s also super shy. Since joining our project almost two years ago, she’s not only dedicated her time & talent into every piece, but she’s also made lifelong friends.
Before joining the jewelry project, Noe worked as a farmer earning very little money. His brother, Pedro, knew how much he was struggling to support his family, so when a job opened up at the workshop, Noe knew to apply. He now gets to work with Pedro, has a steady income & has become one of our best metal artisans.