On January 7, Indiana University senior Amy Krach spoke to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School’s 5th to 8th graders. Amy Krach spoke about the high number of people in developing countries who work long hours for low wages, are often unjustly treated, and that children are also forced to work. Krach spoke of a principle of Catholic social teaching that teaches that the economy should serve the people, not the other way around. Krach said there is a real need for responsible business practices and fair trade.
Krach volunteers for the Pulsera Project, which is a nonprofit organization that educates and connects Nicaraguan artisans with students in the U.S. through the sale of colorful woven bracelets that the artisans make. “Pulsera” is the Spanish word for bracelet.
The Pulsera Projects pays a just wage to the artisans who weave the colorful bracelets, and attached to the bracelets are tags that show a photo of the craftsperson who made the bracelet. Often the craftspeople are teenagers coming out of homeless shelters who are in desperate need for work and a just wage.
Krach also volunteers for the nonprofit Building Tomorrow, which works to empower Ugandan communities by providing them with the tools to build schools where previously there were no schools. Some of the profits from the Pulsera Project go to Building Tomorrow.
Krach displayed dozens of Pulsera woven bracelets to show the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School students, who could also purchase the bracelets for $6 in support of the Pulsera Project. Krach is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Catholic School.