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This item sold on August 11, 2012.

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This scarf was made by a member of the Mothers Cooperative at Fresh and Green Academy, a school for impoverished children in Ethiopia. Every item sold helps the women provide food for their families.

The women grew up in small villages,in the 1980s, a time of great famine in Ethiopia. They moved to Addis Ababa as soon as they got into their teens, thinking it would be the land of opportunity. But there was no work, or food to be found. Some of them turned to prostitution as the only way of staying alive. Most got pregnant, and most got HIV.

Through Fresh and Green Academy they have been given back their dignity: through the jewelry and craft sales, they are able to afford food for themselves and their children. Most importantly, the meals they are now able to afford help them qualify for the life-saving anti-retro viral medicine that has turned AIDS from a fatal to a manageable disease. They have learned how to keep themselves and their families healthy and strong.

For more information on the Academy go to www.FriendsOfFreshAndGreen.org

Woven scarf from Ethiopia

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Material: Cotton
  • Feedback: 5 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from New York, United States
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