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El Salvadoran-born Designer Enlists Gang Members Back Home to Produce Her Jewelry Line

Yasha Wallin

Salvadoran-born Ariela Suster dropped out of Harvard and moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion. She followed her true calling to create a brand that gives back to communities in El Salvador. Eventually, she launched Sequence jewelry, an accessories line that employs ex-gang members and at-risk youth from Tepecoyo, a town ridden with gang violence in southwestern El Salvador.

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