Bracelet of Hope Jewellery and Lesotho Crafts
Hand-crafted jewellery and other items are always available at the Bracelet of Hope store at 111 Farquhar Street in Downtown Guelph. Made by women and men in Lesotho and South Africa, these beautiful items make wonderful gifts any time of the year. We purchase the items from the artisans thereby helping them earn a living. Profits from the sale of the items in Canada go to support Bracelet of Hope's work fighting AIDS in Africa.
Bracelet of Hope's jewellery and crafts come from three groups of artisans:
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- The Postively Empowered Artisans Association (PEAA) is made up of women who are HIV-positive and most have children to support. Proceeds from their jewellery sales go to the individuals making the jewellery as well as to a collectively-managed health fund which the members of the collective use as needed.
- The Inina Craft Agency is also an association of women, most of them grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Artisans from Inina were the originators of Bracelet of Hope's signature red and white beaded bracelet. Over the years, they have grown from a group of six women to an association of over 150 people, selling beaded items thoughout the world.
- Lesotho Mountain Crafts is Bracelet of Hope's newest craft partner. We are excited to be working with this collective of nine craft groups from across Lesotho and to be expanding our product line to include handwoven scarves and shawls, sheepskin slippers, felted scarves and figures, handwoven wallhangings and floor mats. Come by the store to see them today!