ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ARTS AND CRAFTS


OUR IMPACT

Since 2007, Eco Africa Social Ventures has been empowering hundreds of previously unemployed and unskilled women with income-generating crafting skills. Our work, however, goes beyond skills training – we not only empower communities to form self-sustaining crafting enterprises, but we also lay the groundwork to improve their overall quality of life.MORE

 

MEET THE ARTISANS

They smile and laugh for the camera but the challenges they face outside of their work-day are beyond what most can ever imagine. Most relatives are unemployed so it is upon the one who earns to feed and clothe the rest. They are heroes! Learn the stories of some artisans whose lives Eco Africa has touched. These are the faces of an Africa you can help us change for the better.MORE

 

SEE THEIR PRODUCTS

Zimbabwe is acclaimed throughout Africa and the world for its artistry and fine crafts, including stone sculpting, wire and bead art, and wood carving. Eco Africa Social Ventures is fully committed to connecting the crafting communities it supports with buyers and supporters worldwide. Take a look at some of the products made by the artisans we support! MORE

If you are looking at a time alone, or time with your family and you have nothing to do, consider a hobby. One of the best hobbies try is arts and crafts. Not only is arts and crafts easy to start on, they are also fun. If you are not sure where to begin, read on for some tips to get going.

If you’ve got a family that loves face painting, try using a q-tip as your brush of choice. The cotton end of a q-tip makes for an excellent brush to paint on a face with. It’s soft and very controllable. You can create great looking cat whiskers and all sorts of funky designs!

If you are into arts and crafts projects, make sure that you set aside some materials for yourself before allowing your children to have free rein. Parents who love crafts are very likely to micromanage what their children do. This likelihood is reduced if you know you will be doing a project of your own later.

Find ways to share your crafting skill with others. Teaching your children how to join you in doing a craft is a great way to pass down your special skill. It is also a great way to spend time with your family and to make memories that will last a lifetime.

To get your kids ready for some fun watercolor time at the kitchen table, put down a layer of newspaper or a plastic tablecloth first. This protects your kitchen table and lets your kids’ creativity go wild, and you’re not stressing out about paint staining the table for years to come.

Do what you can to make a craft work with what you already have at home. This isn’t always possible, but you should try it. It’s usually not worth running to the store to obtain the perfect paper, detail, trim, etc. You can diminish your enthusiasm for the project when you have to break to run errands.

Don’t forget to take care of your face when doing arts and crafts. Have a pair of safety goggles and even a filter breathing mask available. You never know when you’ll hit a project step that involves things you don’t to inhale or have in your eyes. Always protect yourself.

Do not make the mistake of only looking in art supply stores for all of the materials you might need. Places like discount and factory closeout stores are great places to find materials at low prices. You may not be able to find everything you need, but you may find a lot of the basics there.

Try to find ways to include recycled items into your crafting skills. Quilters may use discarded clothing to make quilting squares. Painters may find old frames that can be restored. There is an entire world of items that are about to be discarded that can be recycled into a beautiful new work of art.

As stated above, if you are looking at the time on your hands and you need something to do, try a new hobby. Arts and crafts are simple to start, and you probably have all you need to start a project already at home. Use the tips you got here and start a new craft today.

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