The Storyline Collection: Meet Mae Lee
To create our Storyline Collection, our Artisan Partners use refined materials like 10k gold and semi-precious stones to create beautiful designs that tell a story—both for the wearer and the maker. With your purchases, you make it possible for our partners to walk alongside more women as they overcome human trafficking and exploitation and step into a life of hope and dignity. Meet some one the women who brings this special collection to life.
Name: Mae Lee
Birthday: December 23, 1992
Arrived at Our Partner Workshop: March 2015
Job Title: Finished Product Inventory Manager
- How did you come to be at Noonday’s Partner Business?
I was trafficked to Greece and the NGO that helped me in Greece got me in touch with this business.
- Where are you from?
It takes 6 hours by bullet train to get from my hometown to our headquarters office.
- What are your job responsibilities at the Artisan Business?
I am the Finished Products Inventory Manager. I manage our inventory room and work with our Production Director to get items ready to export to the US Office.
- What is one thing you like about living here in the shelter?
I like being with so many people. I was lonely in Greece. Living in this big city can often feel lonely when you are by yourself. At the shelter, I am surrounded by people and never feel lonely. There is always someone to run errands or go on an adventure with.
- Which steps of vocational training have you completed?
- Microsoft Word
- Additional study: English, accounting software training from Helen, math, Greek
- What moment here is the most significant to you, and why?
There are so many significant moments. When I first came, I did not really like my job. I was introduced to the Artisan Business upon my return to Asia and I accepted the job because I did not think I had many other options. When I first arrived I saw some of my coworkers not participating in classes or growing academically as quickly as I thought they should. I was skeptical that this company could live up to its vocational training claims.
Now, almost three years later, I LOVE my job. I’ve studied and learned more in the last three years. This company is such a good company. I have learned that growth is a personal choice and it is up to each person to take advantage of the opportunities they have been given.
I am taking full advantage of every opportunity that the Artisan Business has to offer. I have big dreams and I can’t wait to achieve them.
When I have faced conflicts or struggles, people here have rallied around me and supported me. There are so many people here and I know that I am not alone. I am so grateful for this supportive community.
Everything is an opportunity for growth and development. My supervisors here do not criticize me for mistakes but see each challenge as an opportunity for training and learning.
- How have you changed since you arrived here? How did that moment change you?
I have grown in so many ways since arriving almost three years ago. I have been able to solidify my skills, to learn what I did not have the opportunity to learn as a child. I have been able to study in a supportive environment that care more what my retention of my lessons than how many lessons I can complete each week. Now that I have a solid foundation I am able to learn new skills. I have at least two classes everyday and I love it!
Before coming here, I did not have trustworthy or authentic relationships. I did not trust people easily. Since joining this team, I have learned that people can be authentic and they can truly care for me. I have developed trusting and committed friendships.
- What is your happiest memory at the Artisan Business?
Our trip to the beach a few years ago was awesome! I was my first time to the beach and it was so much fun to go with coworkers. I loved playing in the sand.
- What would you like our customers to know about you or your work?
I am happy to work with such nice people.