Just two weeks ago we introduced you to Yolanda – one of the women that creates our ReStyle recycled tire tube products – and this week we would like you to meet Milena! Milena is a single mother of three children and has been creating handmade products in Colombia for over four years.
•What do you find most fun or rewarding about making the recycled tire tube products? What do you enjoy most about your work?
Milena-I like the design process, especially the small pieces like wallets or so. That’s what I enjoy the most because that’s what I studied and love to design.
•What is your favorite tire tube product to make, and why is it your favorite?
•The tire tube bracelets are being sold in Aveda salons in the USA to raise money for Earth Month – making people aware about issues like access to clean water and stopping pollution – what issues are important to you and your family that you want people to be aware of?
Melina–I’d like people to campaign to get money for poor people and those who have no access to health insurance or proper nutrition.
•How has your life changed since you started working with our partner group Sapia in Bogota – what positive improvements have happened to you??
Milena– Thanks to this job I’m paying for my first computer, that way my kids can do their homework and can learn to use the internet. I have also learned to work with tire tube and that’s a good skill to have to help further my career since not many people work with this material.
I hope you have enjoyed meeting Milena and Yolanda! Both of these women work underDona Rosa who is also a single mother that started out just like Milena and Yolanda as an artisan many years ago. Dona Rosa has taken the initiative to learn many business management skills in order to oversee the management and production of the ReStyle recycled tire tube products. It is very important to us that the women we partner with have the chance to empower themselves and have the opportunity for upward mobility within the company.
Written by, Mary Mathias