Meet the Artists
Early on, Denise was given the nickname, “the sewing machine,” due to her remarkably fast hand stitching skills. Denise is quiet and determined, and takes incredible pride in her work. Don’t let her fool you-- she pretends to be much more serious than she is, and we love to “crack” her and see those little shoulders bob up and down as she giggles.
Very motherly in spirit, Dorce is tender hearted and full of hugs. She gets so excited when she learns something new in sewing, and loves to show off what she’s accomplished. Dorce walks with grace and elegance, and trusts deeply in Jesus to care for her needs.
Her smile is captivating and her love, overflowing. Gernise is a gentle and quiet spirit, and an amazing seamstress. Demonstrated by her willingness to trudge 3 hours to and from work everyday, Gernise is a faithful worker that you would undoubtedly fall in love with if you met her.
Marie Maude’s last name means “sweetness,” and this word encapsulates who she is. Endearing and lively, Marie Maude is the first to greet anyone new that walks into 3 Cords. Marie Maude is a faithful leader and was quickly promoted to be the first supervisor of 3 Cords because of her honest and faithful character.
A wonderful seamstress and excellent teacher-- so great that we promoted her to teach the other women! Nadege is a natural leader, and the other women look up to her and trust her. Nadege embodies just the perfect balance of sass and grace, and can often be found discussing the meaning of a particular Bible verse.
Quiet, positive, and lovely, Natacha makes 3 Cords feel like a home. Natacha is always giggling and always excited to come to work. She is so proud to be able to provide for her family and her precious newborn baby.
The youngest one of the bunch, Fafane is everyone’s little sister. Fafane never complains and is always ready to help. She is determined to work hard in school and at 3 Cords and prays for the opportunity to go to medical school one day. We believe she can do it.
Boisterous and funny, Elphine loves to make others laugh. Elphine is always telling stories and lights up the room with her spunk.
Rosenie has a quiet and gentle strength that is beautiful. She pursues the heart of Jesus so beautifully, and you can tell this by the way she loves the other women. Rosenie is a hard worker and fast learner, and never ceases to impress us.
Though her words are few, every once in a while she bursts out some hilarious story that has the whole room in tears laughing; it’s almost as if she’s been saving it for hours. A bit ornery and a lot hysterical, Mary Walnise adds some serious flavor to the bunch.
Love amazes everyone she meets with her determination to walk through this life on two prosthetic legs with confidence and grace. Love is a fast learner and exceptional seamstress, and loves and is loved deeply by the 3 Cords family.
Adeline moved to the deaf community in Leveque on the 20th of February, 2012 and learned about 3 Cords from a friend! Her smile and gentleness make everyone around her at ease. She began working at 3 Cords in August, 2012. Adeline and her sister Jasmine were the first two deaf women to be hired at 3 Cords. Not many work as hard as Jasmine, and while she was originally hired to aid in cutting the patterns, it wasn't long before she proved herself on the sewing machine. Adeline is the mother of five- 4 boys, and 1 girl. She loves watching sign videos of Adele's songs and working at 3 Cords. Sweet Adeline brings gentleness and smiles to everyones day.
Jasmine, sister of Adeline, also moved to the deaf community in Leveque in February 2012. Jasmine is the entrepreneur of the bunch. She owns a small boutique in her community where she sews school uniforms on a peddle powered singer machine. Jasmine is truly an amazing seamstress. She attended a sewing school in Port au Prince a few years ago and has continued to pursue her passion for sewing. Her favorite things to sew are clothes and uniforms for her own children- ages 11, 9, and 5. Jasmine brings knowledge and a little spunk to 3 Cords. Communication may not be the easiest between the ladies, but both Jasmine and Adeline are so impressive with their ability to expressive themselves through signs.
Bio coming soon...
JAY AND DIANA CHERRY, Founders and Directors
Jay and Diana moved to Haiti in September 2009, and started 3 Cords in September of 2010 while working at Mission of Hope with the amputee community. At the time, Diana was coordinating patient care for the prosthetics lab, and fell in love with the patients who desperately desired work but struggled to find it because of their physical handicap. Jay and Diana are both passionate about social justice and empowering locals, and they began 3 Cords with the dream of providing real jobs to very talented individuals.
REBECCA TROXLER, Director of Sales and Marketing, US
Becca joined 3 Cords in July of 2012, but was really a part of the 3 Cords team long before that. While interning at Mission of Hope in the Fall of 2011, Becca spent nearly all her free time with the 3 Cords women helping out and loving on the women. She impressed us all with her ideas that could move the business forward, and clearly shared the vision of empowering Haitian women through providing them with a trade and employing them. A recent graduate of University of North Carolina, Becca is now seeking out new markets for 3 Cords in the United States as well as managing wholesale and website sales.
LAURA GASSAWAY, Design and Production Coordinator, Haiti
Laura has a passion for creating sustainable jobs and opportunities for women. After working with an anti-sex trafficking organization for years, Laura felt called to work with the women of 3 Cords. Laura is extremely creative and has an eye for design. She joined the team in January of 2013, and we are so thankful for such a talented and passionate addition. With a degree in International studies and Spanish, Laura enjoys learning about the culture of Haiti and working on her Creole. Laura works daily with the 3 Cords employees and she also manages the 3 Cords store in Haiti, as well as the shipping of products from Haiti to the US.