Friday, April 26, 2013

Young Painting Prodigy Margarita Cajumban

Sometimes Elevita comes across amazing artisans whose work we are not able to carry on our website, ether because it is too large, too fragile, or too expensive.  The exquisite paintings of Margarita Cajumban are just such an example.  Margarita is one of eleven children born to a humble woodcarver. In spite of very limited resources, she has worked tirelessly to pursue her life's passion: Oil Painting.  Now at the age of 18 Margarita is using her painting as a way to pay for her college courses in Economics.  Of course Elevita would like to do everything we can to help promote Margarita's work.  If you are interested in purchasing her paintings, email  Her work is replete with texture and radiates a fantastic ethnic flare.  

Golden Harvest
Filipino Modesty

Monday, April 15, 2013

Update on Louela

Louela di Nalzaro is one of our artisans in the Philippines.  Creating jewelry for Elevita has allowed Louela to greatly improve the quality of life for herself and her children.  Recently, she needed to travel to Dumaguete City to receive a much-needed operation.  Her church was willing to pay half, but Louela needed to come up with the rest.  Around this time Elevita was able to place another large order from Louela.  She sent Elevita a message, explaining her situation, and saying, "That's why I am very happy when you order me more of my craft...God works in mysterious ways, because when I need money, I don't think it's a coincidence that you ordered more."  Louela's necklaces have been very popular, and Elevita is pleased to be a part of her success.