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Raiksmey is from Phnom Pehn, Cambodia and hand-screens intricate patterns on eco-friendly shirts made with remnant jersey cotton. Though Raiksmey has faced many struggles, she is grateful to have earned an income alongside other women for four years now. Raiksmey finds joy in hearing about people enjoying her products, and is “happy that it is helping other women here.”

Nakai creates our Salenya bangle bracelets, and is an elder and vital part of the women’s beading group in Kenya. As an elder of her community, Nakai speaks up about preventing FGM among young girls, supports the Esiteti Primary School, and is grateful to earn an income for her family through the women’s beading group!

Crafting bullet castings into jewelry

“If you educate a man, you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” African saying

R+L's Lori Fox working in Africa

Ethiopia artisan: Andinet “This program has changed my life. I can take care of myself and my daughter."

Ethiopia artisan group

Ethiopia Artisans: Amleset “I was living in death. I am changed because of this program and now I am called to help other human beings.”

Ethiopia Artisan: Adissalem “My only option for income was to beg. I wouldn’t have had hope.”

Uzma and the R+L travel journal of the same name www.ravenandlily....

Ferdoz crafting the Zia silver leather leaf earring www.ravenandlily....

India Artisan: Ferdoz "Before we used to just sleep, eat, read the Koran, and wait for a husband. Now, we are business women and we are becoming famous around the world and it feels great."

India Artisan: Uzma “The community used to see me and know that I was weak- I couldn't eat properly and my clothes were old. Now, people know that we are doing well and we thank those who buy our products and God for this.”

India Artisan: Baby “The first time I was given work I thought, 'It's too hard, I can't do it,' but I tried anyway. Now I am teaching other women and it is great. I am happy to work and to help other women work. The way I work with perfection, I expect them to do the same. I feel happy that our products are being bought all over the world.”