VirtuousWomanCA

Handmade crafts that gives HOPE to women in poverty.

Vancouver, British Columbia On Etsy since 2018

VirtuousWomanCA

Handmade crafts that gives HOPE to women in poverty.

Vancouver, British Columbia | 64 Sales

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About VirtuousWomanCA

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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.

Shop members

  • Vincent Chan

    Owner

    Vincent Chan has been working with children, youth and families since 2001 in both local and global contexts. He founded The Hope Project to expand his work in Costa Rica in a formal capacity. His desire is to see people transform.

  • Esther Ma

    Assistant, Curator

    Esther Ma has been passionate about arts and crafts from a young age. From making jewelry to decorating friends' weddings, she enjoys creating conversation through crafting with others. She hopes to see creativity add value in people's lives.

Production partners

  • 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 14 Feb, 2019
Frequently asked questions
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.