Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Partnership with PEARLS WITH PURPOSE

Pearls With Purpose is an organization very similar to Elevita. It is a nonprofit that promotes self-reliance through micro-enterprise in the Philippines, India, and Cambodia. Pearls With Purpose trains underprivileged women and families in developing countries to make fine jewelry that can be sold in the US at fair trade prices.

As a way of helping Pearls With Purpose accomplish their mission, Elevita is carrying their Triple Pearl Necklace as a guest item on our website, www.Elevita.com. 

When people first started wearing pearls centuries ago, they wore them as a statement of beauty, wealth, power, and exclusiveness. The beauty hasn't changed, but these pearls can be a statement of compassion, inclusiveness, and global consciousness, as every purchase gives the makers greater independence and purpose and enables them to provide food and education for their children.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Elevita Subscription Boxes

We are thrilled to finally offer Elevita Subscription Boxes! Customers can now receive a box of three to four beautifully handcrafted Elevita items once a month.  Products are created especially for the subscription boxes and are not available elsewhere on our website. Each item has been carefully chosen to delight customers while simultaneously supporting our artisans most in need.  This is a project we have been preparing for months, and we trust the launch will be a big success. To learn more, visit our store at www.Elevita.com.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Artisan Happenings

We love hearing news from our artisans!  Here are a few recent tidbits:

This year Frank and Maxima Cajumban celebrated their 37th anniversary...

Frank is the very talented woodcarver who makes a 17-piece nativity for Elevita.  We are very happy for him and Maxima and their beautiful family!

Another noteworthy recent event was the birth of a healthy baby to Rosalie Blanza, one of our beadworkers.

Rosalie says, "Here's my baby. That's why I really need extra income and it was a blessing that you have a surprise order.  Thank you!" Elevita is happy to help in any way possible, and we are grateful to know that both mother and baby are doing well.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Our Own Christmas Decorations!"

Recently we received a note from Louela Nalzaro of the Philippines.  She shared the following:

"About us we are OK. I am working on some decorations for Christmas, and I started working on some hand crafted POINSETTIAS. And I just wanted to show my craft to you. I am really excited for Christmas. It is my favorite time of the year. I feel like I am a child. When I was small I always stare at my neighbors home filled with bright lights and colorful decorations.  And sometimes I feel pity to my family. But now that you have helped me discover my talent in crafting I can make our own Christmas decorations!!"

Elevita is very happy that Louela's  talent not only helps her earn a living, but also brings her confidence, satisfaction, and joy. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Introducing Heng Sreymon and her beautiful handbags

We would like to introduce one of our newest artisans. Heng Sreymom has recently joined Elevita and creates the most wonderful bags. She is 33-years-old and was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has no formal education, though she can read a little. She is a single mom with two delightful boys, ages 9 and 10. Her husband left her five years ago leaving her with no clear way to support herself and her children. Recently she learned how to sew and has specialized in sewing beautiful, high quality handbags. With Elevita's help, she hopes to broaden her market and sell her handbags to a wider clientele so she can properly care for her children and herself. We are delighted to have Heng Sreymom join the Elevita team of artisans.

Heng's practical handbags are beautifully made of durable synthetic material and are 9 inches long and 6 inches wide. Each bag zips across the top and has two outside zipper pockets and one small zip pocket inside. The adjustable strap measures 45 inches when extended.  Visit www.Elevita.com to purchase these and other wonderful products from our artisans around the world!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Artisan Update: Sok Chan

Sok Chan lives in Battambang, Cambodia.  She is a single mother and is bound to a wheelchair, but she does not let these challenges keep her from trying to live a happy and productive life.  Ever since she was given the opportunity to sew wallets and purses for Elevita, Sok Chan has been able to afford the luxury of a little recreational activity.  Now she is the leader of a Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team!  If a picture is worth a thousand words, about six-thousand words are presented here as snapshots of Sok Chan's life:

Sok Chan, Team Leader, holds the ball
Sok Chan and her baby
Sok Chan with her two boys and a friend (left)
Sok Chan's oldest son, who carries a lot of responsibility to help his mother
Sok Chan's baby plays by her sewing machine

Elevita is pleased to help this optimistic and industrious woman by selling her products online.  If you are interested in supporting Sok Chan by purchasing some of her beautiful and unique gifts, please visit www.Elevita.com.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Beautiful Twist

Louela Nalzaro of the Philippines beads beautiful necklaces and bracelets for Elevita.  Recently she has been working hard on some fabulous new designs for 2015.  Here is a sneak peak at her new star ornament design:

In January, Elevita received a card from Louela which reads: "Another wonderful year is about to end and another year is about to come.  Me and my family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Elevita.  Our lives suddenly have a beautiful twist: Before, buying food and clothing for my family is a big problem, but through your help we are able to eat food we seldom bought before...thank you, thank you!  There is nothing I can do to repay for your kindness and generosity. We love you!"

She enclosed a photo of her family:

Being a part of this "beautiful twist" is a big reason the Elevita Team feels so passionate about this great work.  We in turn thank Louela for allowing us to be a part of her life!