She didn’t want to just make pieces to sell - Sonja wanted to boldly empower others to create and share their art. She wanted to give those around her a means to fashion beautiful pieces, generate income, and develop strength through purposeful relationships. But rather than throw away the perfectly good beads, she sought out a way to repurpose. This deliberate search led her to Haiti. Sonja and her daughter Shelbi ventured to the Caribbean country just two short years after it was devastated by an earthquake that ravaged the country and left millions jobless. The pair packed their bags and journeyed to Haiti for what would be the first of their many trips to to lead seminars in the art of jewelry making through a local nonprofit. This was a pivotal trip. Immediately following, Seeds Jewelry was born.