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Market Colors equips and empowers African craftsmen to take their handmade products from the village market to the world market. Help us reach 500 craftsmen!
Lizzie Randazzo
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Orlando, Florida
United States
5 Team Members

Our Story

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.

Our Solution

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. 

What’s Next

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.

Check out our website
Track our progress on Facebook
Follow our Twitter account @MarketColors
Sign up for our mailing list
Stay updated through our blog

On behalf of our team, thank you. Together we can transform lives of African craftsmen!

Lizzie Wirgau


*All donations are tax-deductible.

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  • $5USD
    Personalized note

    Everyone who donates will receive a thank-you card from Market Colors.

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  • $10USD
    Patch and Shout Out

    You will receive a Market Colors patch and a shout out on our blog.

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  • $25USD
    Bracelet From NEW Group

    In addition to the patch and shout out, you will receive a Market Colors bracelet from a new group that you helped us support.

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  • $50USD
    Limited Edition Shirt

    In addition to the patch, shout out, and bracelet, you will receive a special edition Market Colors t-shirt for campaign supporters only.

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  • $100USD
    Note From Craftsman

    In addition to the patch, shout out, bracelet, and t-shirt, you will receive a handwritten note from one of the craftsmen you helped support in Africa.

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  • $250USD
    1st Products From New Groups

    In addition to the patch, shout out, bracelet, t-shirt, and note, you will receive the first products made by all 5 additional Market Colors groups.

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  • $500USD
    1 Year Shirt Subscription

    In addition to the patch, shout out, bracelet, t-shirt, note, and new products, you will receive all new Market Colors shirts and sweatshirts. When we receive new shirts we automatically will send you one in your size. (Approximately 10 shirts throughout the next year)

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  • $1,000USD
    Personalized Video From Africa

    In addition to the patch, shout out, bracelet, t-shirt, note, new products, and merch subscription, you will receive a personalized video from a craftsman on DVD for you to share with your friends, family, and corporation.

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  • $2,500USD
    Custom African Product

    In addition to everything listed above, you (and/or your company) will get to work with Lizzie in designing your own item. The craftsmen in Africa will take your design and produce it. We will name the product after you or your company and sell it on our website.

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    Thank You So Much

    We are so touched by your donation and we realize you are truly giving because you believe in our mission and vision. In addition to receiving everything listed above, please allow our team to take you out to lunch.

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