Learning to make handicrafts as a Nicaraguan child can provide an income for life. Each of our boys learns how to weave “Friendship Bracelets” (pulseras), to make jewelry from the unique seeds that are found in Nicaragua and to use a sewing machine to make useful products. The boys use these skills to make handicraft products which are then sold in the United States with the proceeds going to the boys and the school.
Making pulseras (the Spanish word for bracelets) is something most of the boys at the school do when they’re not focused on other activities. Since they can’t afford cell phones, instead they spend their spare minutes working on pulseras. Between classes, during breaks, in the dorm room in the evening, on weekends….the boys are focused on producing colorful, attractive and artistic pulseras.

The boys take great pride in the quality of their pulseras, but what really motivates them is that through selling their pulseras they are able to provide financial support to their families. In most cases the boys’ fathers don’t have much involvement with the family, so the boys themselves are always looking for ways to earn a little money to help to buy rice and beans for the family.

 Seed Jewelry and Textiles.
The boys who choose to become specialists in jewelry making or textiles, spend 2-3 hours each day learning and perfecting their skills under the watchful eye of their instructor, a local artisan.The jewelry specialists learn to make unique and beautiful earrings and bracelets using the seeds from local trees, such as guanacaste, jaboncillo and malinche seeds.The textile specialists learn to use a sewing machine and colorful Guatemalan fabric to make attractive and sought after shoulder bags and purses.
As is the case with their pulseras, the jewelry and textile items made by the boys are sold in the United States through service organizations and clubs at US colleges and high schools. All of the proceeds from the sale of these items goes to the boys and to pay the operating expenses of the school.