by Megan Bayliss | August 26, 2016 9:23 am
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.
How can you help?
Keep talking garbage. See you again on the 12th September, 2016
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