Lupe was born in Lima, Peru and moved with her young daughter to Louisville, Kentucky in 2015. Two years later, inspired to explore her creativity, Lupe joined Anchal’s dyeScape artisan program, learning to sew products and make organic dyes harvested from dye plants in Anchal’s urban gardens.
Today, Lupe is an integral member of our artisan team in Louisville. She not only sews textiles, but designed her own product—a heart-shaped ornament featuring a beautiful floral applique with a beaded center. Her face lights up when she hears about the popularity of her ornaments. She shared, “when someone feels happy with the product I made, then I feel happy too.”
According to Lupe, while her life has not been easy, Anchal has offered her the opportunity and flexibility to not only learn new skills, but to also continue her education, provide for her daughter and succeed as a mother and student. In June 2017, Lupe took on another identity. She is now a proud, United States citizen.
dyeScape - Louisville, Kentucky
Kentuckians experience sexual violence at rates higher than national averages with 47.7% of women experiencing sexual violence. Additionally, Louisville’s centralized location and cross-country interstates make it an attractive hub for trafficking. A lack of financial stability is one of the biggest deterrents for women who are considering leaving abusive and violent situations.
I think when there is peace, respect and freedom, anybody can be more productive and creative. When I am making something I have many images in my head, but only need to reproduce them on the fabric.”