Ismelda is a single mom to a young daughter with a seizure disorder. She once washed blackberries exported to the USA for less than 40 cents an hour. The blackberry farm was shut down and she was without options to feed her daughter or pay for her seizure medicine. When we stopped by her house to gift her with the medicine, her daughter began to cry. We asked this two year old sweetie, “Why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m hungry”. With a timid voice her mother explained they’d gone almost 3 days without eating. It was in this moment we knew Ismelda would be the next artisan with Soltera Leather, She cuts the leather and assists Silvia with sewing. This ethical employment has given her passion, purpose, and the means to provide for her daughter.