Oh how I LOVE this group of women! I may be a little partial because I get to hang out with these lovely women every week. My dear friend Deborah, who is also a missionary here on Roatan, belongs to this amazing church in Oklahoma. Last year the church told her: “We feel like the Lord is calling us to donate sewing machines to you.” Deborah said, “I do not sew. But, if the Lord is speaking to you… um, ok.” So Deborah had all these machines. And the amazing women of her church also brought fabric and thread and scissors and everything a proper seamstress (or 4 proper seamstresses) would need. We are totes spoiled by the Lord. So, Deborah had these machines … and then Deborah had ladies who wanted to sew but had no machines. So Deborah asked in our Bible Study, “Does anyone know how to sew?” And since my mom taught me a thing or two, thanks ma, and I had made few skirts, headbands, and curtains over the years… and even matching Christmas PJ pants for the family (oh yeah, you know I did… that will be a new yearly tradition for us for sure, so cute) I said “I kinda know how to sew.”
So now I get to work with 5 of the loveliest women I know. Unes, Doris, Marta, Suri, and of course Deborah. It’s pretty interesting to see us all there together. Two gringas, two black island ladies, and two Honduran ladies. 3 cultures, 2 languages, and 6 women who all love Jesus. It’s super legit how the body of Christ works together.
I found this great pattern from the lovely Novita at verypurpleperson.com and I love her for freely allowing people to use it for commercial use. Deborah provides the meeting place and the machines, we got some super cute fabrics and the ladies sew (in reality they do not need me, they are super talented women!) and then I go to short-term groups visiting the island and sell the bags. So we each have our role to play. The ladies set their price for the labor for the bags and then we add the materials… each bag is ONLY $10, and this is totally a fair-trade item. What?! I know. The women are able to work as much or as little as they need. They are able to work when they need to so that they can still care for the needs of their families. These women are all wives and mothers and some are even raising their grandchildren. This is a blessing to them to be able to bring in income to their families on their own terms, getting to use their natural talents and without having to work 10 hours per day. This is a luxury most locals on Roatan will never have.
So, check out the amazing things they create:
I personally own and carry the orange one shown above on the chair (and as a side note, can I just say how fun it was to model the bags?)
Also, check out the super cute headbands the Sistches of Love ladies make:
and they make child sizes! I wish the little girl would let me put it on her, but when I asked if she wanted to be like Mommy and model a headband she said “Um, nope.” So I had to respect that boundary. Lame.
I don’t know how I am ever gonna sell these because I love them all and want them so badly! But that is why the hubs has control of the money… because man cannot live on headbands alone. Though I think I could try.
Check out the tag that goes in or on each items too:
BTW this is the only photo I have of our ladies because they are so shy. They do not want their photos taken… not like some people… and by that I totally mean me. So this is a photo of Unes. Isn’t she beautiful? Each items gets this tag and the person who made them items signs it. It’s so cool when people see the bag or headband and then read the tag and go “Wait, Suri made this? This is her signature?” It totally makes my heart happy because people are connecting in their hearts with the women who they have never met. It makes my heart happy.
So of course now you’re like: I want one too. How do I get one?
You have two options: Come to Roatan or email me and when I come to the states I will bring the bag you want. I would do that for you. Seriously.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.