“Didi” means sister in Hindi.
The Didi Jewelry Project provides us the opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry made by women in India who are facing hardship.
Women in India who are …
-victims of sex trafficking
-child labor refugees
-women struggling with the burden of poverty.
Didi teaches these women how to make the jewelry and then sells their products to empower them financially and personally.
Years ago Laurel Gunnarson was teaching jewelry making at a woman’s Laurel Gunner homeless shelter in Berkeley, California. One of the students mentioned that she found making jewelry therapeutic. That’s when it occurred to Laurel that she could take her skills back to India and use them to help the women she’d worked with volunteering at NGO’s on previous trips. As Laurel puts it she began, “….dreaming and scheming (of) a project to teach jewelry making to struggling women in India and then selling it in the US to provide them with a fair income.”
Laurel sells jewelry made by women in India who are victims of sex trafficking, HIV positive, child labor refugees, widows and women struggling with poverty. She has created an etsy shop, The Didi Jewelry Project, https://www.etsy.com/shop/didijewelryproject.