www.nozomiproject.com. Buy their jewelery. Support their mission.
"Nozomi, translated 'hope' in Japanese,
is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity
and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training women to craft
unique jewelry products. One third of these women are single mothers
and grandmothers; most of these women and their family members lost
their livelihood when the tsunami crashed through half of their city in
Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring
broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami (called the
Shards of Hope product line), as well as other beautiful products such
as kimono accessories and note cards. Each of our product lines has been
named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life.
As broken shards are being transformed into beautiful treasures, so too lives are being filled with renewed dignity and hope."