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Melody MacDuffee, who lives most of the time in Mobile, Alabama, is working with disadvantaged youth in the town of Somanya in Ghana, West Africa, helping them to design, produce and market their jewelry and other beaded products in the U.S. This group would otherwise have very limited prospects due to a lack of family support and/or limited levels of education. But these young people now have marketable skills and an ongoing means of making a living at a fair wage.

The items offered in our Etsy shop are mostly collaborative designs based on original versions these Ghanaian artisans came up with, but revised to varying extents in response to Western tastes (as evidenced by what styles and colors have been selling best).

All proceeds from sales go back into the Soul of Somanya jewelry artisans' empowerment project so that we can…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 26
  • Joined December 21, 2008

Favorite materials

Recycled glass Krobo beads

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SoulofSomanya
Krobo beads, handmade African jewelry,...

About

Melody MacDuffee, who lives most of the time in Mobile, Alabama, is working with disadvantaged youth in the town of Somanya in Ghana, West Africa, helping them to design, produce and market their jewelry and other beaded products in the U.S. This group would otherwise have very limited prospects due to a lack of family support and/or limited levels of education. But these young people now have marketable skills and an ongoing means of making a living at a fair wage.

The items offered in our Etsy shop are mostly collaborative designs based on original versions these Ghanaian artisans came up with, but revised to varying extents in response to Western tastes (as evidenced by what styles and colors have been selling best).

All proceeds from sales go back into the Soul of Somanya jewelry artisans' empowerment project so that we can continue to pay a living wage to our artisans as they create our distinctive, colorful products. Soul of Somanya was profiled in Bead & Button's October 1998 issue and Beadwork's December 2008 issue, as well as twice in the Mobile Register (September of 2007 and April of 2008) and on the WKRG News in Mobile (December 9, 2008). Read more about the project and see pictures of the people involved on our website. We appreciate your support!

Note: Our products are not intended for use by children 12 or under.

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