FreshandGreenAcademy

Friends of Fresh and Green Academy Mothers Coop

New York, United States · 37 Sales

FreshandGreenAcademy

Friends of Fresh and Green Academy Mothers Coop

New York, United States 37 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(9)

Announcement   Celebrate mothers helping mothers this Mother's Day! Purchase one of the scarves from our Mothers Cooperative for Mother's Day and get a FREE Mother's Day card in your package! Find the details in the listings! Mother's Day is May 8th so don't delay!

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 22, 2016

Celebrate mothers helping mothers this Mother's Day! Purchase one of the scarves from our Mothers Cooperative for Mother's Day and get a FREE Mother's Day card in your package! Find the details in the listings! Mother's Day is May 8th so don't delay!

Trish Hack-Rubinstein

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Trish Hack-Rubinstein

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(9)
Sharon Sanders

Sharon Sanders on Jun 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This item is beautiful! It shipped on time, and is exactly as described.

Mishmash6

Mishmash6 on Jun 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Repeat customer - beautiful soft scarf, subtle metallic trim, the color glows plus I love orange. Thank you for your good work!

Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson on May 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love the soft purple color with shimmering silver thread that highlights each end. Well made and it feels good to support mothers and their children of the Fresh and Green Academy.

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About

Come and learn about Fresh and Green Academy!

As you drive down the streets of Addis Ababa, down the road from the goat market, there is a little cobblestone side street. Hidden behind the brightly colored walls is Fresh and Green Academy and its Mothers' Cooperative.

This is where Muday Mitiku's organization is bettering the lives of women and children. With an education in teaching and business and experience teaching at the Baha'i center, Muday opened a for-profit kindergarten in 2000. Unable to turn away the children who came to her from the streets, her school began to lose money. That's when she partnered with Friends of Fresh and Green Academy to turn Fresh and Green Academy into what it is today, a school that provides both free education and three meals a day to children who normally would not have this experience.

Twenty years later, Muday is serving hundreds of students from kindergarten to eighth grade. She has also become a source of hope for their mothers with the Mothers' Cooperative. While some of the mothers work at the school in the kitchen or as security, many others work in the Cooperative, just down the street from the school.

These women have found a sense of empowerment as well as a way to feed their other children, some of whom may simply be too young to attend the school. It's here they produce their beautiful handmade products, including the scarves sold here as well as dresses, baskets, bags, shoes, and wallets. Some of their designs even made it onto Ethiopia's Next Top Model! It's a joyful place where the mothers work together chatting while they make their products as their young ones toddle about, under the watchful eye of the group.

Here at the Fresh and Green Mothers' Cooperative, the future is as bright as the Ethiopian sun.

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Shop members
  • Veronica Wilson

    Assistant

  • Friends of Fresh and Green

    Owner

  • Holly Jones

    Assistant

  • Trish Hack-Rubinstein

    President

Shop policies

Last updated on February 24, 2016
Thank you for shopping with us! Your purchase today helps empower a mother to provide for her family through the Friends of Fresh and Green Mothers' Cooperative.

All of our products are made by these women and all of the proceeds of your purchase are sent straight back to them in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Cancellation policy: Your order can be cancelled up until it has shipped. Please contact us as soon as possible as processing is quick and we cannot cancel once the item has shipped.
Shipping
Items ship from the U.S. via USPS.

Attention International Buyers: any additional taxes, duties, or customs fees are buyer's responsibility.
Refunds and Exchanges
These items are all made by hand using the looms and sewing machines at the Mothers' Cooperative in Ethiopia. Any unique imperfections are part of the process! Refunds due to these imperfections will not be offered.

Should you receive a damaged or incorrect product, please contact us so we can work out a solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
We do not currently accept custom orders.

More information

Last updated on Apr 4, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do the proceeds actually go to Fresh and Green?

Yes! Completely! You pay the shipping costs and the rest of your purchase goes right back to Ethiopia to keep feeding families.