The Memento Necklace tells a beautiful story of restoration. Master beadmakers create the beautiful pendant that hangs from the necklace, and HIV+ women emerging from vulnerable situations string the tiny beads by hand to create this special piece.
In Ethiopia, we partner with Artisan Businesses seeking to bring hope and dignified work to women emerging from vulnerable situations. Many of the women who craft our pieces are HIV+ or are beginning new lives after working in prostitution on the streets of Addis Ababa. Through fair and meaningful work, these women are overcoming stigma, pulling themselves out of poverty, and rediscovering their value and worth.