grass fibers, paper, string, fabric
These journals are made from indigenous grass fibers, hand-crafted by women with disabilities in Sierra Leone. They hold 40 pages of line-paper with a thick cover and an outline of Africa in traditional African fabric on the front.
The process in making these journals from grass is complex; requiring skill, time, and the heat of the sun. (You can check out some of the process in the photos above.) With one of these journals, you are not only supporting women--you are supporting skilled artists!
Please note that there may be slight variations in sizing, and color of Africa outline.
The Artist: Mariatu
Mariatu used to shy away from going out in public because of her paralyzed leg. Participating in Women of Hope's fair trade program has significantly boosted her confidence while helping support her and her three children. Unlike before, her family now tells her "you are important."
Women of Hope has created a space for women with disabilities to work in a safe, clean, nurturing environment, offering them the opportunity to work together, building community and relationship. This ensures that the women are able to work independently toward their own sustainable future without our assistance.
To produce their creative works, the women work in small teams (known as guilds): sharing the work and the profit.
All products are bought at fair market value.