What surprised me the most was how a piece of jewelry can tap into a feeling of connection. Same Sky connects our customers to the artisans and shows people how something as simple as a beautiful piece of jewelry can act as a ribbon to the courageous artisan who crafted it. This is more than jewelry: this is a symbol of good health, of fresh water, of education, and of the power and dignity of employment. This is the power of connection and this is the good feeling that Same Sky gives us.
I believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. When I saw the creative capacities of the women in Rwanda and Jersey City, I knew they had all the talent in the world. All they needed were the tools to pursue their talents. When Same Sky provided the women with training and employment, they were unstoppable. They began to have feelings of self-confidence and self-worth; they started thinking about the future of their families; in Rwanda, they bought their children mattresses and textbooks. In fact, just one sky bracelet provides an HIV+ artisan in Rwanda with healthcare for an entire year, and one Hope necklace provides an artisan’s child with education for a year.
This jewelry changes your life as much as it changes the lives of the artisans and their families. You will fall in love with this beautiful jewelry and the connection that it fosters to empower women a world away.
We all have the power to be agents of hope and change. On behalf of the artisans and the Same Sky team, we thank you and welcome you to the Same Sky family.
Same Sky Founder
For more from our founder, click here to listen to Francine discuss Same Sky and all things entrepreneurism and philanthropy with Judith Regan, see Francine speak with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg, discussing how Same Sky empowers women through opportunity. She can also be seen here at the Prisoner Reentry Conference in New Jersey, speaking about Same Sky America. To read more about her journey to starting Same Sky and the story behind the company read this US TRUST Capital Acumen Magazine Articile.