Artisans Thrive is excited to announce its new partnership with F.R.E.E. Zambia! Hear from the Founder Dawn Close on what this exciting partnership means below!
F.R.E.E. is the acronym for Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment, a women’s empowerment organization operating in Zambia, Africa. We’re working with young women making jewelry in one of Lusaka’s high density communities. The project has been operating for five years.
Currently there are nine women involved, although 30 women have been trained. We’re self-taught, making copper jewelry from electrical wire and recycled hot water heaters. More recently we’ve begun enameling the copper with exciting results! We’re also learning silversmithing and a jeweler has joined the group, making his own jewelry and teaching the women.
The women earn well above minimum wages for their work, and F.R.E.E. covers all expenses and facilitates the continuation of the business. Their earnings have enabled some of the women to go back to school, to help their siblings go to school, or to provide for their families. The education level of the group is diverse. Some of the women have completed high school while others are learning to read. We’re grateful to WPM for their partnership!
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