Meet Lily I.

  • Freed from the chains of poverty.

From the earliest days of Sauyunan Handicrafts, Lily, along with her husband, Markus, were involved with the project.  They very quickly took leadership in their village and he became the coordinators for two different groups. During the first few months, workers noticed that they had very little in their home in terms of soap, shampoo, household cleaners, tea, sugar, and other kitchen items.  It was exciting to see that, little by little, Lily was able to purchase these basic items.

Within the first 2 years of the beading project, there were five babies born in the group of beading women, including baby Sara, who was born to Markus and Lily.  They were lovingly called “Bead Babies,” because as Lily says, “these babies are living a comfortable, healthy life because we have work beading.”  These women are so thankful because they are now able to purchase shoes for their children and even have a snack with their friends on occasion.

It was with great sadness that Lily lost her husband, Markus, when he passed away from a heart condition a few years later, however, she has kept working for Sauyunan, became the new coordinator for the village groups, and one of Markus’ daughters now works in the main office in the city.  Twelve years later she is still thankful for the project and how her life has changed for the better.  Work of Your Hand is happy to purchase the beaded projects made by Lily I.