Norwa Jewelry organized a free jewelry making class for women members of Empower Foundation in Nonthaburi. Through this program, the participants, most of whom are sex workers, learn the skills to make alternative income, and become part of a community where there is hope and inspiration for a brighter future.
Norwa Jewelry is a brand with a fascinating story. Founded by Paranin, a young private equity professional, the brand works with women from Karen hill tribes in northern Thailand to make unique handcrafted jewelry. The company was founded as a result of her realization that almost all hill tribe villagers are stateless, and that the women have been exploited in many ways.
Paranin has vowed to help women at risk by creating Norwa, which means “a women with a pure heart” in the Karen language. This is just one of several initiatives that Norwa has implemented to help the women and foster the sustainability of their lives.
Handcrafted Norwa Jewelry are locally sourced from tribes in northern regions of Thailand, blending traditional artisan techniques with an elegant aesthetic, simultaneously preserving centuries of tradition and bringing it into modern era.