Long ago — way back in May 2016 — we had the pleasure of producing four videos for Threads of Hope.
Threads of Hope is an incredible nonprofit and we fell in love with its mission to empower impoverished women through microenterprise for artisans in Peru. Threads of Hope is different though, not only do they pay the women artists the wages they want for their handicrafts, they also sell their art in the US and give 100% of its proceeds back to the women in the form of grants.
We got the chance to see Threads of Hope’s work in Peru’s remote high altitude sierras, as well as its longer-established work in the sprawling land invasion outskirts of Lima. The videos we produced for them are touching — capturing both the beautiful women and the gorgeous textiles they create. We’ll let the videos speak for themselves, so please take the time to watch them and fall in love with this beautiful organization as we did!
Through just one woman’s determination, a whole village was transformed by embroidery. The below video is Edelberta’s story who turned her misfortune into a beautiful picture of hope. This video not only shows off Cassie’s personal favorite textiles that are indigenous to the highlands of Peru, but also captures the essence of these women’s life in their remote and hard to live environment. Don’t miss the video below, which is told through Edelberta’s words in her native language of Quechua.
Threads of Hope not only helps women improve their situation in remote villages in the midst of rural poverty (like Edelberta above), but also helps women get out of urban poverty from the shanty towns in the outskirts of Lima. The below video is Isabel’s story, who has been with Threads of Hope for nearly two decades. Through her work with Threads of Hope, Isabel has been able to break her family’s cycle of poverty in just one generation! Her story and gratitude make this video one you do not want to miss!
If you’d like to purchase any of the breathtaking products made by these beautiful women who have transformed into confident-yet-humble artists through their work with Threads of Hope, check out their merchandise by clicking here. And remember, 100% of the profit from the sale of product will go back to the women who made it! Christmas is just around the corner, after all, and who wouldn’t love a beautiful product with a story of transformation tied to it?!
Lastly, if you missed Cassie’s short blog post “A Picturesque Adventure” for Silent Images about our time serving this organization, you can click here to read it.