One of our favorite things at FEED is working with local artisan groups to bring traditional craftsmanship to life through products that also give meals. Over the years, we’ve worked with talented artisans in Guatemala, Kenya, India and, most recently, Peru to create one-of-a-kind bags and pouches. Until now, however, we’ve never released an artisan collection that revolved solely around beautiful accessories. Cue the drum-roll…
Today, we are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the ethical accessories brand Lula Mena on a vibrant collection of scarves and jewelry made in El Salvador. Each bracelet, necklace and scarf is handcrafted by skilled artisans who infuse local traditions of craftsmanship in each piece.
With so many amazing artisan groups around the world, it’s not surprising how often we get asked about our criteria for selecting the collectives we support through our limited-edition artisan collections. Fair wages, safe work environments and commitment to preserving local craft are prerequisites. What we love about Lulu Mena is that they don’t stop at that.
El Salvadorian native Lulu Mena founded her namesake company with one goal: to provide safe and flexible jobs to mothers in rural communities, allowing them to work and care for their families. The results have been incredible. Empowered by the flexibility, income and community of women from similar contexts, the artisans share new stories each week of ways they are experiencing this new-found agency, including paying for their children to go to school.
It is no coincidence that the jewelry line, made from sustainably sourced seeds, is called Seeds of Joy. “We decided on that name because of all the hope and happiness this line brings to these amazing women," says Lula.