June 12, 2012
In anticipation of Voss Foundation’s 2nd annual Women Helping Women in Boston on June 20, we have acquired many exciting new items for a special debut at the event! You can get a sneak preview here, but be sure to buy your tickets to the event to guarantee your first choice of fabulous jewelry and home goods handmade in Africa! More colors and options are available for some items, and of course, we have a few of our old favorites: kikoys from Kenya, Ethiopian scarves, Liberian masks, and bone jewelry from Mali! [singlepic id=1373 w=320 h=240 float=right]Voss Foundation is pleased to announce collaborations with new organizations, whose missions align with our goal to assist women in the self-improvement of lives and communities–by devoting time to education and enterprise instead of spending hours just collecting water.
Jola House in Liberia and Kazuri in Kenya are two such organizations, dedicated to the self-improvement of women’s lives through economic empowerment.
Voss Foundation’s Executive Director Kara Gerson met the founder of Jola House on her recent trip to Liberia, and was even able to visit the women Jola House employs, producing their beautiful home goods in a workshop not far from our project in Paynesville.
“Kazuri” means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, and the handmade jewelry produced by their artisans is beautiful indeed! Kazuri started as a women’s help center providing much-needed income and job training to single mothers especially, and now its employees receive wages that often support “extended family” of 20 or more![singlepic id=1365 w=320 h=240 float=left]Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar is a great way to support women and their communities in the regions where we work–100% of all proceeds goes directly to support our water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa! Access to clean water provides an engine for growth and leads to amazing ripple effects in health, education, and economic empowerment–shop Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar to make a difference!