Crafts By and For Women

by Marsha Winsryg

supporting maasai craftswomen

On sale every Monday at the Grange Hall, 10 to 5, are these Maasai beaded bowls along with many other beaded items which raise money for Maasai women struggling with a hostile government in Tanzania.


supporting haitian women quiltmakersPeaceQuilts sells not only museum quality art quilts designed and made by Haitian women, but also many other reasonably priced textiles like potholders, shopping bags, necklaces from cloth beads and metal work.

saving indian girls from human trafficking

The Invisible World is a non profit working with another organization, Her Future Coalition, to rescue young Indian women from sex trafficking and training them as jewelry makers. Some of these pieces are inspired by Dawn Moran’s photographs of plankton, this being her focus as a marine biologist and the invisible part of the name for her non profit.

supporting zambian women with disabled children

The African Artists Community Development Project continues to support disabled children at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home in Livingstone, Zambia and works with their mothers to create the worker-owned Zambezi Doll Company.







World Market Mondays Commence

by Marsha Winsryg

Mpekala Womens income intitiative Zambia

At our first World Market Monday sale we ended with a fundraising event where our special guest Sr. Immaculata Mulyei described her women’s income initiative in Secute, Zambia. She named it “Mpekala” meaning “Where We Live” in the local language, Lozi. In gaining the means to produce income, the women are able to send their children to school. This is especially important for girls who often stand second in line to their brothers when a family can only afford to send one child.

Last year Sr. Immaculata spent several weekends walking from village to village assessing the needs of the women and then considering what endeavor might be best suited  to those groups that showed serious interest.

Here in the US we were able to raise money for a pilot training program. Two professional basket makers from a nearby village were hired to teach the women how to make the baskets with prepared sisal.  Step two was to plant sisal, a desert plant requiring very little water, to eventually provide the raw materials.

Sr. Immaculata brought with her from Zambia 16 finished bags to sell at our market and a power point presentation to tell the story. At the end of the presentation, people crowded to her table and bought all but three of the bags which is very good news for the women in Secute and will motivate them to further improve the details of the bags.

Because this is a sustainable project and can weather the vagaries of climate change, we are looking to find funds to start an eager second group. If you would like to contribute to growing this project, these women can gradually improve the quality of life in their home and community and educate their girls, reducing the need for early marriages.





francis Zambian orphan povertyDorothy writes:

“Francis was born on 20th May 2007. The mother was a commercial sex worker. I tried very hard to bring her around but all failed. After she gave birth to francis, she wanted to throw him away but the friends encouraged her to bring the baby to the orphanage or to the family. It was then that she decided to bring her baby to Livingstone. I was shocked to see her with the baby. Before i could even talk to her, she disappeared the following day leaving the baby sleeping in the house. She cut off communication. The next i heard after 7 years that she was dying at Levy mwanawasa hospital with no one to look after her.i had to rush to Lusaka and when i arrived at the hospital i found her gasping. She was in hospital for three months alone. I nursed her for a few hours and she died. Due to not having enough money, i buried her in Lusaka and came back the following day after her burial. Francis was only a month old when she left him. He survived on baby formula. Like all the children, francis calls me his mother.”

We have raised $1400 for Dorothy and as soon as I receive her list of expenses for school fees, uniforms, food, and clothing we will see how much will be covered. Thank you, one and all! This is a life changing experience for all of us, especially those children that Dorothy would not abandon.

The photo shows Francis at school where he is in grade 4.


Shepherd Zambian orphan one of 14 adopted by sister of siblings who died
Happy Mother’s Day to one of the bravest mothers I know, Dorothy Bwalya.
Here is Shepherd, the child of a younger brother who died four years ago. When his mother remarried, she left the child in the village with his aged grandmother. This was not a good situation for anyone, so Dorothy took in yet another discarded child. She did not ask herself if this made sense she just did what she had to do, though she already had more than enough children to try and care for.
Shepherd may not have new clothes, or even enough money for school fees, but he has a home. I want to reward Dorothy for her persistent love that refused to let any of her siblings children be forgotten. I want to raise enough money to rent a proper sized house for so many people, to set up a small business that will help cover her costs and send everyone to school. The world is full of resources-we just have to care enough to share them. Dorothy’s resource is her big heart.