“To me, the bracelets represent three cultures coming together as one to make something beautiful for the world to see and enjoy. We are people from Venezuela, Peru and the United States, working together to provide safety and security for our community.”
Angel is a go-getter.
He is not the type of guy to wait for a handout. Trained as a veterinarian, Angel left an impressive ranch and his passion for tending to buffalo when Venezuela’s violence and economic collapse came knocking on his door.
He is not only willing to do whatever it takes to care for his family…he has done it. Now displaced in Lima, Peru, Angel has sold pieces of candy in the street for 5 cents a piece in order to buy food for his family. Now he is off the streets and living with his family in the Hope House. He is resourceful and loves to learn new things! This is how Angel discovered his inner love for making bracelets.
Angel has passed on his bracelet-making skills to others because he wants to not only provide for his family, but to train others so they can provide for their families too.
This is Ronald. He has a passion for people and llamas!
On their way to Machu Picchu, most tourists stop at the colorful San Pedro market in Cusco to buy handmade products to take home to their friends and families.
When you stop at Ronald’s booth at this market, you’ll find more than incredibly fluffy products made from the wool of alpacas and llamas. You’ll also find a gentle, experienced businessman doing what he can to support his community.
When you buy an ultra soft blanket, stuffed bear or llama, you are supporting families in multiple locations. The makers live high up in the Andes mountains where the weather is harsh and jobs are scarce. Plus your purchase supports residents of the Hope House, including women fleeing domestic abuse, a cause close to Ronald’s heart. A simple purchase makes a big impact!
REBEKAH AND KAREN
Rebekah and Karen are one dynamic duo. About 40 years separates them, but crochet and a common cause has knitted their hearts together.
When Rebekah’s mom returned from a medical service trip to Peru in 2018, Rebekah, now 13, heard about the extreme poverty, the huge numbers of displaced people from Venezuela now living in Peru, and all the children not able to go to school because it’s too expensive. She was inspired to use her love of crochet to help them.
Rebekah enlisted the help of her neighbor, Karen, who works alongside her to make sweet and cuddly blankets, booties and more. They sell their products at local festivals and here in our Hope House Goods shop. They dream of a day when all the babies and mothers in Peru are safe, protected and able to pursue their own dreams. Their enthusiasm has ignited a passion among their friends too. About 20 mothers, daughters, and friends now meet regularly to crochet and do something to help support people who really need it.