Each piece of Vida Dulce jewelry helps support Pueblo a Pueblo’s initiatives to improve health, education and nutrition of the Mayan people
From the shores of Guatemala’s Lake Atilan, this intricately hand-beaded jewelry is imbued with the color and happiness that give the collection its name: ‘Vida Dulce’ or ‘Sweet Life!’ Originally working as a trauma nurse, Vida Dulce’s founder Kristen first encountered Mayan crafts while working with a medical group that volunteered at clinics in Guatemala. From the moment she wandered into her first colorful Mayan market and was surrounded by the incredible embroidery of the traje indigena (traditional indigenous clothing), yet saw that beauty coupled with extreme poverty (75% of Indigenous Maya live below the poverty line, and 60% live in extreme poverty), she knew she wanted to create a sustainable way to bring these beautiful crafts to a larger audience, and give back to the Mayan communities in the process. And thus Vida Dulce was born!
Vida Dulce Red Fantasy Necklace
This striking circle cluster necklace in reds and browns is skillfully crafted by the talented Mayan women artisans of Vida Dulce by Kristen. Adding interest to any outfit, it is sure to be an eye-catcher!
From the hills of the Guatemalan highlands, these artisans crochet delicate glass seed beads to make striking designs imbued with the color and vibrancy of the Mayan culture. As much of the Indigenous Mayan population in Guatemala live disproportionately in poverty, these handicrafts provide women artisans with a valuable source of income. Part of the proceeds from all Vida Dulce jewelry also go Pueblo a Pueblo, a non-profit initiative that works to better and empower the lives of Mayans in the Guatemalan Highlands through nutrition and education programs.
Vida Dulce Fiesta Drops
These spectacular jewel-toned drop earrings are crafted by the talented Mayan women artisans of Vida Dulce by Kristen. Intricate yet bold, these are definitely a statement piece!
Vida Dulce Stud Earrings
These sweet beaded ‘button’ studs are meticulously crafted by the talented Mayan women artisans of Vida Dulce by Kristen. Casual but pretty, they are the perfect everyday earring, and you might just need them in every color!
Vida Dulce handicrafts provide women artisans with a valuable source of income
DESIGNING IN THE HIGHLANDS
Kristen works directly with Mayan women artisans to create jewelry made from iridescent seed beads and recycled vintage huipil fabric. The Huipil is the traditional Mayan woven woman’s blouse whose patterns and color vary from town to town. As each town has it’s own distinct design, it is possible to tell where someone is from simply by looking at their shirt!
USING JEWELRY FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
A portion of all proceeds from Vida Dulce sales go towards the Non-Profit Pueblo a Pueblo, an organization which works to better and empower the lives of Mayans living in the Guatemalan highlands. Pueblo a Pueblo’s mission is to work with local communities to improve health, education and nutrition and Kristen has served as a volunteer board member since 2004. These programs offer health and nutrition education for young mothers and opportunity to send their children to school to break the chain of poverty.