Handmade crafts that gives HOPE to women in poverty.

Vancouver, British Columbia


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Virtuous Woman

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Virtuous Woman


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About VirtuousWomanCA

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On Etsy since 2018

Seven years ago, we were made aware of the Mujer Virtuosa project in Costa Rica founded by Moviendo Esperanzas. They have been working in Barra del Colorado for numerous years on poverty-alleviating projects to provide hope for local residents.

Mujer Virtuosa (Virtuous Woman) was started to provide the necessary skills to a group of women to financially support themselves. This ranged from crafting skills to business skills to become entrepreneurs independently and collectively. Because they live in a remote riverside community where it can only be accessed by boat or plane, travelling to nearby towns and cities are limited and a financial burden.

In 2017, we began working with them to bring their craft products into North America, giving the women a global platform to not only sell their crafts but to share their stories of hope and overcoming difficulties for themselves and their families. Each piece is uniquely handmade with recycled material found locally or donated by travellers and supporters.

Under Virtuous Woman Canada, we work with this group of women by providing guidance and feedback on design, developing packaging and brand, bringing awareness to their stories, and selling their crafts to a wider audience. Proceeds go into a community account where they learn entrepreneurial skills such as managing marketing expenses, operational costs, and wages.

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  • Virtuous Woman

    Owner, Curator

    Esther believes that creativity adds value to life. From an early age, Esther developed a passion for arts and crafts. From making jewelry to decorating friends' weddings, she enjoys many artistic avocations.

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  • Mujer Virtuosa

    Costa Rica

    Barra del Colorado is a coastal community, located in the Costa Rican Caribbean side. And in this hard to reach, distant community, there are more than 30 women struggling with limited income. Participants have been able to learned craft techniques with recyclable materials.

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Last updated on 01 Oct, 2018


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Last updated on 11 May, 2022

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Why does my product have imperfections?

Each item is uniquely handmade using recycled material. So while there may be "imperfections," they are simply characteristics of a handmade item made in a developing country by women without modern equipment or access to high quality material.