Featured Artist: Keily Puac
Keily Puac is the fourth child in a family of 7 children. She is now 19 years old and in PID’s Small Business and Higher Education programs. She is studying Business Administration as she continues to use her talent, making and designing crafts. Her focus is on handmade bracelets, pendants, and earrings.
Keily’s business plan with PID is in three parts. First, Keily created bracelets that were sold in the US. Next, she trained others to increase production. Keily has now begun managing the small business independently. So far her small business has been very successful. After she received her first payment from bracelet sales she opened a savings account at the local bank.
We look forward to Keily’s future success and hope her story will be an inspiration to those in PID programs and to her community.
Featured Artist: Michaelange Antoine
Michaelange has been a part of the Partners in Development family since the mid 1990s, when her mother received the first house that PID built. She was one of the first people to be involved in our gem cutting program. Michaelange learned the craft quickly and now manages her small group of employees as well as continuing to cut gems herself. She loves her job, and is able to support her four children with the money she makes. Her dream is that the gem program will grow so that more machines can be bought, and more people can be trained to cut gems.