My favorite part of working with Faire Collection is getting to know and build relationships with our artisans. I recently got to take some time to specifically talk to our scholarship recipients and hear some of their stories. I was really moved by some of their struggles and their commitment to education. This will be the first of a several part series sharing a bit of their experience, in their own words.
Tamia is 21 years old and she’s currently in her last year of university and working part-time for Faire Collection as an assistant artisan. A constantly sunny personality, she’s always willing to take on any challenge. In her own words she says, “I’m studying management… I wanted to study something that could help me to help my community so that the young people in my community can have a better life. For example, with tourism, we can conserve nature and our culture.”
A true inspiration, she continues, saying, “There’s not a lot of money in my community, so I hope younger kids in my community see me as an example. If someone has dreams and they really want to achieve their dream, they can achieve anything. I hope I help younger kids in my community to want to study and continue to study. Education can change the world – or at the very least, change a town economically. School helps to achieve all of the goals that you have in your life.”
In a community were 85% of people don’t complete high school, striving to graduate from university is an outstanding accomplishment.