One afternoon, the Sweet Water staff decided to get crafty as we pulled together our top designers and developers to create our new art influence project in Gigante, set to begin next month. Okay, so it was just US and Bootsie Boddington, a successful jewelry maker in Crested Butte, Colorado who collaborates with Red Bench designs(http://www.facebook.com/redbenchjewelry).
We spread out all of our fabulous jewelry supplies donated by Amanda and Joe Taylor of San Diego, California and set to work on our prototypes. We plan to make a couple different styles of earrings that the local women can make easily as well as our new leather/feather head bands engineered by Bekah, our project manager.
The idea is to hold a couple classes to teach the ladies how to make them, and then begin a regular scheduled “job” in which each woman gets paid for each piece she creates, depending on difficulty. Eventually, the ladies will be able to work from home so they can still watch their kids and make money for the family. We will then display their hand made work in the Sweet Water store, so travelers can take a little piece of Gigante home with them, while supporting the community. Fun stuff!
Thanks to Bootsie for your advice and to Amanda and Joe for making it all possible.
Anyone with ideas or experience in making jewelry or crafts, we are open to your suggestions! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yosi Ohayon - New York, NY
Pauline Mefford - Phoenix, AZ
Richard Cowen - Martha's Vineyard, MA
Mike Kramer - New York, NY
Denise Dozah - Casper, WY
Lynne Maher - Aqua, Nicaragua
Bootsie Boddington - Crested Butte, CO
Lindsey Sherman - Iguana, Nicaragua
Mark & Angela Kirwin of Kirfaid.org
Jim Norton - Chesapeake, VA
Sweet·wa·ter [sweet-waw-ter,] –nounIn Latin American coastal towns, known as agua dulce, Sweet water is a local term for fresh water. Fresh water tastes "sweet" compared to salt water. It's rivers are usually the life blood of Latin communities, in which most are built off its fertile banks. Sweet water is the basis for vegetation, growth and life. The Sweet water effect is a representation of movement toward satisfying a hunger of knowledge and good health, an inspirational, positive growth in community, and an improved life for everyone.
Board of Directors
KASSIDY MEFFORD - Photographer, writer, Owner/Operator of Dale Dagger Surf tours Nicaragua, and Sweetwater Founder
PEGGY LOVE - Founder of Full Circle International Relocations Inc., President/ Education Services of Dwellwork, LLC and incredible motivating contributor
DEBRA MEFFORD - Dental Hygienist, Emergency medical technician, beautiful philanthropist and land owner in Nicaragua
DONA KOPOL BONICK - Photographer, gardener, fabulous creator and doer of all things possible
JOHN BONICK - Photographer, painter, and poet with a grand appreciation for fine Nicaraguan cigars
RYAN MAHER - Accomplished freelance painter, eccentric artist, inspirational teacher and storyteller
LYNNE MAHER - Registered Nurse and volunteer with MINSA, devoted scuba diver, traveler and Nicaragua resident with infectious good spirit