About Us

He who works with his hand is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is and artist”       Francis of Assisi

 

We are World by Hand. 

We travel the world to look for pieces of art made by people earning a living by working and creating with their hands. We negotiate fair prices to come back and display these beauties to the world they want to reach: the world that appreciates the beauty of hand creation. We have crossed the roads, the seas, the mountains of Haiti, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal, India and Lebanon to find treasure from the hands of their artisans.

 

 

Francia has a bachelor in International Commerce, a masters in International Relations and a postgraduate degree in International Development. She basically lives travelling. The longest she has lived somewhere in the last 3 years after she left Washington DC has been Haiti for four months where she has an organization called TiZwazo that aims at increasing the standard of living of women and their families.

World by Hand was born through her struggle to sell necklaces made by the women working with TiZwazo in Haiti. She realized selling only a few necklaces was not going to make the cut. She started travelling and connecting with artisans and organizations that are creating with their hands. Her dream is to form strong partnerships with these artisans in order to help them succeed in the global market. When she travels, she shows her little booth in the LA markets to artisans and she loves the reaction. The artisans become so happy to see their hard work projected somewhere else and she is excited to be able to work in connecting these dots for them.

Her email is francia@worldbyhand.com, she is a pole and lyra dancer and an ashtanga yogi. She is currently touring California in a travel trailer with Domingo and Ramona, two little rescue wookies.