Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Tulane Student Brightens Campus with the Pulsera Project

April 30th, 2012

Tulane freshman, Abigail Sebton, has introduced a little more color to campus this year with the Nicaragua-based non-profit, The Pulsera Project.

The organization was founded in 2009 when a group of friends from the U.S. visited a shelter for former street-kids just outside of Managua, Nicaragua. As the group prepared to return home at the end of their trip, the young Nicaraguans gave them brightly colored bracelets, which inspired the birth of the Pulsera Project. The organization, which supports Nicaraguan youth with few employment opportunities as well as community development projects, scholarships and other educational programs, now collaborates primarily with a fair trade artisan cooperative comprised of shelter graduates (ages 17-25) that design and create the bracelets.

Learning to make bracelets with Jimmy, an artist from the cooperative.

Abigail first got involved with the Project when her high school in Westchester, Pennsylvania hosted a Pulsera sale in 2010, and it eventually became her senior project. Now, after taking two trips to Nicaragua through the Project to meet the artists at the co-op and learn more about the organization, she describes her relationship with other members as ‘€œone big family.‘€

Throughout the course of the year, Abigail and other students have sold nearly 600 of these bracelets at campus events such as TULASO pachangas and Crawfest as well as at booths in the LBC. When asked what it is about the Pulsera Project that has kindled her enthusiasm and involvement, Abigail replied that the organization is ‘€œnot just philanthropic, it lets the artists express themselves‘€ and ultimately, ‘€œit‘€™s about learning and sharing more than just helping.‘€

Abigail and other friends of the Pulsera Project during a walk with co-op artists.

This summer, Abigail will be interning with the Pulsera Project to teach English to co-op members in hopes of opening a store in Granada, Nicaragua‘€™s most popular tourist destination. It looks like both Abigail and the Pulsera Project have a pretty bright future.

For more information on the Project, visit its website or join its Facebook group. If you would like to purchase a pulsera or learn how to get involved on campus, please contact Abigail Sebton at

Nicaragua + People
Arachu Castro
Senior Associate Research Fellow - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America