Finding Hope for a Flourishing Future: Lan’s Story
The organization we partner with to create our Storyline Collection helps women overcome exploitation and offers them vital counseling and rehabilitation services, as well as dignified jobs that empower them to support themselves and their families. Wear yours as a reminder that your story matters—and so does hers.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to rebuild my life again,” says Lan – an Artisan who creates Storyline Collection styles like our Opalescent Necklace. Several years ago, Lan’s life was like any other woman. About 20 years ago, he and her husband had moved to the city, their business was taking off, and they lived comfortably while raising their baby boy. “Our dreams were coming true,” says Lan, but tragedy soon struck.
After a year of battling an aggressive cancer and selling their belongings to fund medical costs, Lan’s husband passed away. Lan was left alone with no way to provide for her son. When a cousin offered her a job in a brothel disguised as a massage parlor, Lan found herself tricked into a life that she would have never chosen for herself. With nowhere else to turn, Lan stayed to provide for her family.
When COVID-19 struck their city, neighborhoods were locked down, and Lan was left without work. But our Artisan Partner’s Outreach Team found a way to deliver care packages and essential items to Lan and other women – and they invited Lan to begin a new life with a stable job making jewelry.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lan reflects, “I jumped at the chance to change my life and be a good example to my son.” Lan is now a respected employee at the Artisan Workshop where Storyline Collection styles are made and is able to provide for her family while recognizing her worth and potential. When you purchase a Storyline accessory, you provide hope and empower women to tell a new story for themselves and their families – women just like Lan.
The Storyline Collection
Our East Asian Artisan Partners know that the most wonderful pieces are made with love. Every style features luxurious gold plate and is assembled by women overcoming exploitation.