(written by Denise for Maggie Weldon)
For the past 11 years, I have been a part of a very special group of American and Dominican women who spend a week together in January, sharing skills and changing lives. This past January I had the opportunity to spend a week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, teaching local women arts and crafts techniques they can use in their local co-op to make items to sell. This year we taught the women how to make hand-chained necklaces and scarves. Enjoy the photos from our morning of fun!
Beginning the hand chain
Working on her second necklace
How many necklaces do you see?
No limitations here!
The women are busy!
Lourdes has three necklaces and counting!
Isa finishes first!
We always have a good time with our Dominican friends, but this week is about so much more than that. Some of the Dominican women are single mothers, and they need the income they receive from the items they sell through the co-op to help feed their families. Over the years we have built some very special relationships with our Dominican friends, and have come to consider them as part of our American families.
If you would like to learn more about the women’s co-op, click here.
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