Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers

 
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Celebrating New Shelter Build
Celebrating New Shelter Build

Thank you for your continued support of Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers.  The last shelter build and jewelry center construction has been completed.  

For the past three years, we have been raising funds to build a shelter in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India in partnership with our dear friends at Women's Interlink Foundation.  We broke ground in late 2013, finished the exterior in September 2014, and just this month, finished the plumbing and electrical and bought beds, so that the first 50 girls can move in later this month.  View the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi1IUiNnGGo&feature=youtu.be.


Our exquisite new  jewelry collection - Sacred Garden - was designed by survivors at the new shelter in Jalpaiguri.  The designs are based on the flowering vines that grow near the workshop in Jalpaiguri.   According to the survivors, 'no matter how much you cut back a vine, it only grows back stronger', so the vines in these dramatic sterling silver and 22 karat gold-plated pieces are a beautiful metaphor for resilience. 

The Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers are selling their jewelry through Relevée.com. This has become a successful model, as a social enterprise to sustain the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers and pay the designers and manufaturors above fair wages.  In fact, most of the women who have been working in the program since 2010 are now making wages comparable with a college educated woman in India. 

Thank you for helping survivors have a future that is strong and hopeful.

Sacred Garden Collection
Sacred Garden Collection

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Saturday Training
Saturday Training

India's first conceptual artist and jeweler is mentoring the artisan survivors at  Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers.  The creator of Breathing Space is working with our artisans to teach them how to use design to express themselves.  She comes to the jewelry center on Saturdays to improve their design abilities, refine their process, and encourage the ladies in the program.  

Through this process she is also coaching the artisans on managing personal problems that can affect the work envirnoment. She emphasizes resolution and creative expression through art as a way to deal with pain and conflict. This has lead to an explosion of creativity; with designs that are reflective of our ladies hearts and experiences.  Some of the pieces tell their story:  Two Worlds Collide, DreamCatcher, Learning To Trust, Open Heart and Badge of Courage.  Look for these designs in our online store in 2015.  

From working with a world renown jeweler, to discovering ways to heal from their trauma and everyday work frustrations, Saturday's have become a favorite day at Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers.

Two Worlds Collide
Two Worlds Collide

This has been a bit of a transitional year.  We re-branded Made By Survivors Jewelry, as Relevée, which means to rise up, and increased the women at Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers responsibilities.  They have risen to the challenge.  

We have given the India staff the reigns to design and produce the new styles for this coming holiday season.  Wow, have they amazed us!  There are over 30 new designs that will be released this holiday season and beyond.  The creativity and style are beautiful and trendy.  There are some pieces I can't wait to get my hands on.  Check out their new jewlery at www.Relevee.com.

In addition to new designs they have also taken responsibility for meeting production and packaging needs.  They ladies are running the administrative details like champs and learning new skills that can be transferable to almost any job, should they so choose.  Hopefully, they don't though leave us anytime soon.

According to Kelly Services (an employee services organization), in India college graduates employed banks earn on average a monthly salary of about 36,000 rupees. Last month our top earning artisan earned just under 38,000 rupees!!! Over half the women in our program, who have been working for at least 3 years, are earning a wage at least 5 times higher than a person with the same education level! It's YOUR support which makes this all possible! 

Thank you for helping the survivors at Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers rise up:

  • from abuse and trauma
  • to meet new challenges
  • to expand their talents
  • to excel at their jobs
  • as advocates for women's rights
  • and out of poverty.

Watch for more growth as these ladies are more than survivors.  They are conquerors.  

Made By Survivors Jewelry has a new name, Relevée.  The artisans at the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers requested a name change for the jewelry line.  The wanted a name that reflected fashion and moved away from their survivor status, as they have moved away from being identified as survivors to women with secure and financially stable careers.

Relevée means ‘to rise up’ in French.  Our artisans are upliftd and uplifiting others. They have trained to become some of the first women goldsmiths in South Asia.  Their skill guarantees them a place in a respected profession, earning a middle class wage that transforms their lives and families. The stunning jewelry they make empowers them to get free and remain free forever from poverty and exploitation.

100% of proceeds of Relevée go to Made By Survivors, a tax-exempt charity serving women and children. Made By Survivors gives survivors of human rights abuses a safe and loving place to heal and rebuild their lives with shelter, education, job training, and employment programs. Relevée jewelry helps pay for all of these projects, making you, and the world we share, ever more beautiful inside and out.

The Relevée jewelry dreamed up with freedom, beauty, and modern style in mind. Style to make you feel beautiful, inside and out.  

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As we prepare to launch into the Spring collection it has been amazing to see the new designs that will be added to the line.  But even more amazing is that the designs are coming from the women in the program.  

The jewelry centers began in 2010.  Our goal was to provide meaningful employment that paid above a living wage so that the survivors and at risk women in the shelters and community could move out of poverty and as well as away from the stigma of sex slave.  Now in 2014, the women in our programs our designing their futures.  As they have mastered the skills of creating jewelry designed by our guest jewelers, they have launched into their own creativeness and designed their own pieces for production into the spring line.  Their pieces tell stories of hope and moving forward.  

Women in the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers are now the trainers, supervisors, and designers.  As they are promoted from within, new survivor trainess see a future of empowerment and finincial stability that they can also dream of.  

Look for our survivor designs to be launched this spring around Mother's Day!  

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Sarah Symons

Co-founder and Executive Director
St Augustine, FL United States

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