Category Archives: Etsy Shop

HOPE: Esperance Mukasekuru

To read more about why I post these stories click here. Esperance Mukasekuru is a successful weaver who lives in Karenge, Rwanda. She buys used bed sheets and bed covers and then skillfully weaves colorful designs into them, increasing their value and thereby allowing her to profit from their resale. Esperance joined HOPE’s Rwandan partner, […]

more bibs and burp rags!

Just letting you guys know, there are a BUNCH of new bib and burp rag sets in the shop. A great affordable handmade addition to any baby shower gift! A preview: They are super cute and this time I’m keeping a set for myself. Well, for Jude, but really it’s for me. 🙂 It’s a […]

HOPE: Dell Jan

To read more about why I post these stories click here. Dell Jan came to HOPE International with a talent for weaving carpets, but because she lacked the capital to purchase her own carpet frame and materials, rental fees and interest owed to loan sharks consumed her profits. Even though she worked diligently, Dell Jan […]

Things I’ve learned while running an etsy shop

Starting up a business was a little mind blowing for me. I’d never done anything like it and there were so many steps. So many things to register and think through! I thought I’d compile a little list of things that I had to do for anyone else that might be considering starting up an […]

HOPE: Marie-Lourdes

Despite struggling with blindness for more than half her life, Marie-Lourdes has singlehandedly raised four children and three grandchildren and built a successful enterprise in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Her warm, inviting personality belies the struggles she has seen in her life since an undiagnosed illness stole her eyesight when she […]

Many many Diana Hobo Purses

If you ever wondered what I did with my time during Jude’s naps, this should give you a hint. I made eight of these purses last week to try and get some inventory in my etsy shop (there were two of the black Ring Dot purses – one had a blue interior, the other, golden […]

HOPE: Kalpana

Read more about my partnership with Hope International here. Kalpana came home from work each night exhausted, disheveled, damp, and only 32 cents closer to making ends meet. Since her husband was out of work, she had been forced to find employment to provide for her daughters, ages five and two. She missed spending time […]