I wanted to take the time to fill everyone in on what is going on with my gig. This all started with a dream of mine to be my own boss, creative something badass and change the world for the better while I was doing it. So, I convinced my mom to help me design and make the first Siempre Viva patterns. Now, I am taking them down to Mexico to have seamstresses there produce them for me. My goal is to work with women in rural areas in Colima, the state in Mexico that means so much to me. I have several meetings over the next week in Mexico in which I hope to have my pieces being produced asap! While I am there, I am also searching for different artesans who want to collaborate with me to make more accessories and clothes for my online shop. I also get the amazing pleasure of textile shopping to find the most vibrant and socially responsible fabric available.
On that note, another amazing opportunity came into my life. My dear friend, Sally Little, has a sewing school in Haiti. She works with the Global Orphan Project to help prevent orphans and provide sustainable employment. In Haiti 80% of orphans have at least 1 living parent, meaning they aren't really orphans at all. Their parents give them up at a young age because they cannot afford to raise them. The government run orphanages raise them until they are 18 years old when the law says they must leave the orphanage. So they are left to face the world with no education and no support system. The Global Orphan Project runs 2 year long program that teaches them life skills and a vocation. One of the vocation options being sewing. Once they learn to sew, they can then sew my pieces that I design. The more clothes I sell, the more people I can provide sustainable employment to. Not only to they have employment, but they are being paid significantly higher than what a normal textile worker in Haiti would make and they are working in very good working conditions. With this job, they are able to send their kids to school and provide them with food everyday. My initial dream of course was in Mexico, but how could I say no? So, starting very soon, several of my articles will be produced by hand in Haiti! SO EXCITING!!
I am so grateful to all of my family and friends who are supporting me in chasing my dream. I could never do it without them. I am so excited to travel to Mexico and Haiti and see where this vision leads me. Please stay tuned for the official launch of the website and details of my travels on the blog! If you have any questions or comments, I am always taking suggestions, advice and open to receive all positive vibes!
Hasta la victoria siempre,