Because of UMS
I get to dream again!
- Doña Lucy
Meet our Artisans and Get to Know their Stories!
Araceli came to Unmarked Streets at the very beginning of the program. She has worked with crafts for over 10 years. Recently, she began working with plastic and paint, making jewelry pieces out of plastic spoons, caps, straws, etc. She also works with chocolate and marshmallows making beautiful art with them. When we asked her about what it means to her to come to UMS she said: - "I come to Unmarked Streets because I learn more about helping the environment and then I can teach everything I know to those who want to learn, like me. I want to help women through teaching art so they can also empower themselves."
Patty started working with handcrafts when she was eight years old when she realized she was very good with her hands. Since then, she has been working with different materials such as felt, crochet, sewing, jewelry making and much more. She came to Unmarked Streets to join the Workshop Program in 2012, seeking to learn more about jewelry making. After finishing the program, she showed great skill with her crafts that led to her to become an Unmarked Streets workshop teacher.
Doña Lucy joined the program after her daughter Norma did. She grew up in the streets without a home, and has worked since she was a child to survive and give her children the best life she could. As she grew older it became difficult for her to find work and she lost all hope she would find a new job. When you ask Doña Lucy what she likes about UMS she says: - "Because of Unmarked Streets I get to dream again. Because of Unmarked Streets I know I still have a chance for a better life".
Delia is a 24 year old girl who dreams of being a chef. Her family was in the fishing business until her father and brother had an accident and couldn't work anymore. From that day on, Delia had to forget about her dream and work at the local market selling fruit and vegetables in order to support her family. After she joined the program she started saving every single cent she made out of the work she does for UMS so she can have a Culinary School Fund and make her dream of being a chef a reality.
Norma joined the program after looking for a job for three years. She went to nursing school because going to med school was simply out reach. After she graduated from nursing school she couldn't find a job because hospitals prefer to hire male assistants instead of nurses. She's a single mom and she is determined to give her daughter the best life she can. We see the determination and the strength in her, and that is why she's a very important member of the UMS family!
Leslie has been looking for a job for two years. She has been to many job interviews and the story is always the same: they thank her and then they tell her they would rather hire a man. She has been coming to UMS for nearly a year and when we ask her what it means to her to be part of our family she says: - "Coming to UMS is like going to a place where I can be creative and discover that I have many talents that I didn't know I had."
It took weeks for us to be able to hear Elsy's voice when she came to UMS. She's a very shy girl who doesn't really say much so it took her some time to get used to our loud, colorful, crazy family. It only took a couple of weeks to see her smiling and asking if she could come more days a week. She has a gift when it comes to using the sewing machine. She's been working on beautiful items that you will be able to get from our online store very soon.
Ana came to UMS after she took one of our workshops at the Zone 18 Embassy. She lives in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city and was taught to always care of brothers and her husband first. She was denied an education and today because of that she is being denied work. Today she´s one of our artisans and not only is she making money, she signed up for Elementary School!
Maby is one of those girls who never stops. She's the mom of two wondeful children and she's always looking for new ideas to create wonderful things. She just had her second baby and the first place she went after she could go back out into the world was Unmarked Streets. She wanted to go to a place where she felt like she belonged and get her mind and hands back to work.
Karla is a proud survivor of a very violent domestic situation. She and her children suffered for many years until she found the courage and the strength to say "Enough". She's been coming to Unmarked Streets after she saw how her sister Araceli was earning money, learning and having a good time all at the same time. She has made a wonderful progress and we have been privileged to be part of it!