MY LIFE MOTTO: PURA VIDA - MEET THE FOUNDER
The term PURA VIDA has been present in Costa Rican dialect for more than fifty years. It has a simple English translation “Pure Life” but a far more profound meaning to the people of Costa Rica. It is a way of life which captures the idea of simply enjoying life, being happy and overall It encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. For me, Francine, having had the privilege of spending many years in such a green and beautiful country, helped me come up with this business concept that allows me to do what I love and enjoy, which is crocheting and helping people.
Growing up in Colombia, I was introduced to the world of beautiful crafts. Early on I discovered my creative brain and my urge to transform things when I moved to Miami, Florida at the age of nine. If I had a pair of scissors in my hand, it wasn’t long until I found a shirt or anything else and made a “change” to it. My favorite hobby was coming up with something crafty to do with friends. Later, Costa Rica would become my new home and it was there, that I discovered the wonderful art of crochet when I decided to tag along with my mom to her knitting classes.
Costa Rica is the place where I put into practice my career as a psychologist. In 2013 I volunteered at a non-profit organization called “Crece Conmigo” which is a preschool for children of low income families and most were single mothers who worked hard everyday to give their child the best life possible. Later, by attending the crochet classes I continued to meet amazing women of low income who have limited opportunities but appreciate every little thing and are always willing to help in any way they can. These women all have a different story but they all share one common goal: to provide for themselves and their children in an ethical way.
I want to show my appreciation to those women who inspired me and helped me make my dream come true. I dedicate Hooking Hands to all those that appreciate handmade goods and the hard work that goes behind it. It is time to change our mentality and begin shifting our consciousness to support one another and our society as a whole. I hope you enjoy shopping with us and contribute to our beautiful cause of helping people even in the hardest times to shift their negative thoughts and anxiety to a better place by making beautiful things.
Thank you and enjoy,