Providing a Library for Artisans in Accra, Ghana

We work with artisans all over the world to bring our subscribers beautiful handmade products. Every month, our Artisan Fund raises money for one of those groups, so that as well as helping to create fair and sustainable wages for artisans, we can contribute to projects that matter to their community. We work closely with our partners to create a program that meets the specialized needs of a particular group.

For our December Artisan Fund, we are raising $1700 to provide a library and literary lecture for artisans in Accra, Ghana!

According to Pearson, there are many benefits for children reading books, which includes “…build[ing] their own vocabulary and improv[ing] their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.” Their research even shows an increase in productivity and engagement amongst children who practice reading.

Despite the increase of adult literacy in Accra, Ghana, studies still show that almost 20% are still illiterate or struggle with reading. This month, we are partnering with Trashy Bags for December’s Artisan Fund. You may remember this past June, we partnered with Trashy Bags and successfully raised funds to provide a two-day first aid workshop for its employees. Even though a lot of them are able to read, there is still a lack of access and practice for reading books. Many employees of Trashy Bags are illiterate or have no interest in reading, which can be detrimental to their learning skills.

For December’s Artisan Fund, we would like to continue our mission in assisting these employees by building an accessible library and literacy lecture. As of now, there are a total of 32 employees with an estimate of 3-4 children each. That’s a total of about 100 people! Not only will employees of Trashy Bags be able to have access to this library, but each of their children will have the opportunity to borrow and read books. 

This fund will cover the total number of books bought, a bookshelf, and a literature lecture for the artisans. Each book that is checked out will follow a simple library system of borrowing and returning to maintain the total number of books. 

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Our goal this month is to raise $1700, which will be enough to cover the library project, all book expenses, and a local speaker. 

As a reminder, the Artisan Fund is a pool of money that is used for the development of artisan communities. 100% of the proceeds go directly towards community workshops for a predetermined artisan group. We collaborate with them to understand how the money is best spent, based on their needs.

Click here to contribute: Log in to your Subscription Settings, scroll to the December add-ons, and choose your contribution amount!