We started Market Colors in August of 2011. Throughout our trips to Malawi and Kenya, we came face to face with “poverty” in a new way. What we previously thought was just a distant land became a place filled with friends and some of our favorite, and most difficult, memories. Pictures in Time Magazine sent us back to visits with refugee women across East Africa. We found ourselves awake at night, restless… anxious and willing to do whatever God called us to.
On my second trip to Malawi, I met Gloria and Tiliangati. Gloria was 8 and Tiliangati was just a baby. Their mother, Lamas, had AIDS and was dying of pneumonia. I learned that when Lamas died, she would not have anything to leave to her children and her neighbors would have to look after her children. It wasn’t because she was a bad mother. As a single mother, she just did not have the means to provide for them. We sat outside her hut, placing hands on Lamas, asking God to comfort her and provide for her children. She passed away 8 days later.
We want to help the families of Africa. There are groups throughout Africa teaching women like Lamas how to become skilled craftsmen. But these craftsmen have such a small market where they can sell their products. We want to equip them to take their shops from the village market to the world market. We believe that Market Colors can and will do this through promoting and selling their products through our e-commerce website.
Through prayer and our continuing commitment to reach more craftsmen, we’ve determined our goal for 2013: to expand our reach from 250 craftsmen to 500 by the end of the year. Doing this will provide a sustainable income for 500 men and women. That’s 500 families who will be positively impacted.
What We Need & What You Get
We plan to provide a sustainable income by partnering with 5 additional craftsmen communities throughout Africa. It costs about $2,000 to start a partnership with a new craftsmen community. $2,000 allows for the ordering of initial products, shipping them from Africa, marketing for the new products, and travel. This means that we need to raise $10,000 in order to partner with our next 5 new groups of craftsmen.
We’ve been amazed at the number of people who have stood behind the cause to give hope to these craftsmen. Market Colors has been able to make an impact because of your prayers, dedication, passion, and willingness to share our vision with your friends, purchase products from our store, and support us financially. So we’re asking you to continue on this journey with us and to donate to our campaign.
We spent a lot of time thinking through our perks (listed on the side) to determine the best ways to thank you for your commitment to Market Colors. Whatever you are able to give, may it be $5, $50, or $200, we promise it will make an impact. We’re asking you to skip a week of Starbucks and donate that money to a cause committed to transforming lives.
Other Ways You Can Help
Share our video. Share this page. Post it on Facebook. Tweet our links. Aside from just wanting to raise this money, we want to raise awareness about the real situation in Africa and give an opportunity for you to come alongside something that could transform an incredible number of lives. IndieGoGo offers some helpful share tools.
Please be praying for us. Be praying that the funds come in. Please be praying for our craftsmen in Africa and their families.
On behalf of our team, thank you. Together we can transform lives of African craftsmen!
*All donations are tax-deductible.