The Center is ‘home base’ for the Butterfly Artists, a name representing financial freedom. These 10 women come together in this safe haven to produce Dominican crafts. Their handiwork earns them an extra $800 per year each (the average rural annual income is $5,400.) They spend their earnings on basic necessities:
Each item is hand-embroidered unique. Each takes approximately 6 hours to complete, including:
ALL proceeds go to the women, although they have decided to donate 10% of their profits back to the Elizabeth Seton Center. In a community burdened by inequality and economic hardship, WOMEN in poverty often have few means by which to make a better life for themselves and their families.
The Butterfly Artists are creating beauty AND generating income. With little formal education or employment, these women are investing in their future and inspiring change — to move up and out of poverty — within their own communities and families.