“No, no—first this side, then that one. Just hold this, but not this. Put that down,” said my teacher, guiding my hands with patience.

Day one of beading class was more than I bargained for. I’d heard Potter’s House offered classes for women in the dump community, and I was anxious to join in to learn more about the program and learn a few things for myself. Despite my shortcomings the first day, the women graciously invited me back.

Nearly every day at Potter’s House, women come to attend a devotional, learn a marketable skill or receive training in entrepreneurship. They bring varying levels of education and experience, but all are welcome to learn something new.

During my time in the dump community, I’ve had the privilege of learning alongside these women, meeting their children (many of which are enrolled in the education program), watching them use their skills to generate income and even serving as their practice dummy for a haircut in the beauty class.

Their thirst for learning and sharing their gifts moves me. From beading to haircutting to cooking, Potter’s House looks for opportunities to help them provide for their families without scavenging in the dump. And in turn, they teach one another…and inept guests like yours truly.

“It’s like the Word says,” explains my teacher as she adjusts the beaded mess in my hands, “what God gives to us, we must share with others.”

See what the Potter’s House women are learning and sharing!

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Next Steps
    • The entrepreneurship classes and skill classes are part of Personal Development, one of the five strategic parts of the Potter’s House strategy. Learn more about the different parts of the holistic strategy here. Consider supporting their work!
    • Think about what “marketable” or “employable” skills you have. Who taught you those things? How have they made a difference in your life? How have you shared those gifts with others?
    • Interested in supporting small entrepreneurs around the world? Shop for Christmas, birthday or whatever gifts from Ten Thousand Villages. They market goods from artisans around the world at a fair price.
    • Pray for the work of Potter’s House and the women who enter their doors to learn and share.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. Annie said... 


    June 6th, 2012 at 10:04 pm  

    I love the line, ‘what God gives us, we must share with others”. We for got that so easily, your article is an awesome reminder that our gifts play an important role in God’s plan.

    • Laura Stump said... 


      June 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am  

      Absolutely, Annie! It was wonderful to hear this woman offer that wisdom to me so freely.

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