Today I leave for 18 days voluntary work in PNG: Port Moresby and Kokopo (Rabaul). I am off to formalise weaving college in Bomana Women’s Prison and in several poor settlements. Plus, I am invited to Kokopo to teach plastic weaving as a sustainable enterprise to their women weavers.
I volunteer with Operation Food for Life. From that has grown a request from Bomana Women’s Prison to formalise weaving college with a MOU: The Junk Weavers Inc. teach the inmates to weave; I buy the weaving from them at fair trade price; the prison gets 20% of the total to compensate for the loss of women’s work in the vegetable garden. The 20% goes into a prison fund to buy operational requirements.
I bring purchased product back to Australia, add $5.00 to each item and sell it. The $5.00 profit builds the kitty for the next lot of purchases and returns to the women on my next trip.
This is a sustainable, women focused, empowering and cottage industry business model.
- Place an order for a coin purse ($15.00), pencil-case ($25.00), or handbag ($62.00) made in Bomana Women’s Prison.
- Sponsor a weaver to get started. The weaver may be an inmate on release or a woman from a poor settlement. Aust$100.00 will supply them with all they need to set up their business on the outside.
- Become a member of the Junk Weavers Inc ($55) and support us to support the women in PNG.
- Keep up with our PNG adventures on Facebook. I don’t have email while in PNG but I can sometimes get free wifi to upload to facebook.
Keep talking garbage. See you again on the 12th September, 2016