OUR STRING DOLL ARTISTS are based in small villages in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Crafting String Dolls is the main occupation for most of our artisans, which means a reliable income and improved living standards for their families and communities in their economically developing regions. When they are not making string dolls, many of our workers spend time taking care of their families and tending to their vegetable gardens for self-sufficiency. Some have other jobs such as sewing or working in shops and restaurants.
This ambitious aviator - the first African-American and Native-American woman to hold a pilot's license - overcame a lot of obstacles to achieve her goals. And you know how she did it? As Bessie put it, "I refused to take no for an answer." Be like Bessie and don’t let anything or anybody stand in your way, especially the naysayers.