What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? The jewellery by Style Nomads is pretty, handmade, and helps to empower the single mamas who make it so we reckon it makes the perfect gift!
Style Nomads stocks pretty earrings, necklaces and other jewellery. This social enterprise supports women who are the only breadwinners of their family. Style Nomads teaches single moms a trade, so that they can start earning to look after their kids and build better lives. That’s why they call this ‘Feel Good Fashion’. 40% of profits go straight to the single moms so they can be independent not to mention boost their confidence in gaining new skills. The jewellery is really pretty and affordable too! All the pieces are made by hand using either 18K gold fill or 14K to 24K gold plated brass and semi-precious stones like freshwater pearls, turquoise, garnet, agate and mother of pearl.
Check out what the lovely single mom artisans at Style Nomads have to say:
Single Mamas Making Jewellery
“I came for the training, not sure if I could do such fine work. But in my first lesson, I made a pair of earrings! And even got a prize for it. I didn’t know that my short, stubby fingers could come up with such beautiful things. Now I make earrings for my friends and relatives and look, I am wearing my own creations!” – J, single mama with 3 kids.
“I love to learn, to improve myself. South-west CDC gave me a stall on weekend to sell my beads and jewellery. It has supported my eldest daughter through to polytechnic and now only left my 2 more children to support. I need more skills to become better at making jewellery, so I can make prettier things to sell at the market. So this place is good for me. There are volunteers who will train me to do more difficult beading, give me the patterns. When I go for classes outside, I had to pay. Here, I don’t have to pay.” – S, single mom, staying in a 1-room flat.
“I always love hobby craft. My daughter and I would make origami together when we are free. So when North-east CDC told me about the free skills training, I quickly signed up. My first lesson, I brought home a necklace – for my daughter. This work is suitable for me as I am a cancer survivor and sometimes my back aches, I have to rest a lot.” -E, single mama with 2 kids
“DUA trained me on jewellery making, sometimes provide a booth for me to sell alongside them at pop up stores, now I even sell my own designs online. They also try to help me in other ways, like food aid, find a trainer to teach my daughter singing when they find out she likes to sing.” – Lina – single mom with 7 kids
“It really helps whenever we get a call for an order. Whatever amount we get helps to feed my family. “ Liza
“I enjoy making jewellery. It is a wonderful environment where I can bring my son. He can play around and its really nice place. It helps me financially. Most of the time its only me and him so I really like the time here. “ – Sharon
“Wah, I can learn a skill forever. My health is not good. Sometimes I need to go to the hospital. So I am absent from class. But I learn from training videos, so I can catch up. I am hardworking, I go home and practise with the things and tools DUA gave me. I am better and happy that I can do something – a break from looking after my nest.” – L, single mama of more than 5 kids.
With the pandemic, Style Nomads have had to pivot to offer other items than just jewellery so they now also stock tote bags, Christmas cards (they found out one of their mums was good art!), Christmas Hampers and more!
So treat yourself or a friend to some meaningful jewellery or products this year! You’ll be helping single mamas in the process.