While living in Nicaragua, I collected goods made by local artisans and collectives that had a solid reputation of providing employment for those who needed it and support of the local community.
I’m a little emotional because these are products I truly believe in. From hammocks to bracelets, I know the people who either made or ran the collectives. I worked alongside Gabriel, a man who has been to prison for murder, while he created bracelets. I sat with twenty teenagers as they sanded Jicaro fruit. And laughed with woman as they sorted and varnished paper beads, knowing that there was a chance their husband would use that money to purchase drugs instead of rice and beans.
If you like gifts that give back, this is the perfect shop for you. Each product has been purchased for a specific reason. Each product tells a story of a nation that welcomed me in and made me feel part of their lives.
Profit from these purchases is used to further the programs.
Without further adieu, I give you the Honeysuckle Life Store.