mAASAI DESIGNER &
BEADWORKER PHOEBE LASOI
PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET
MEET PHOEBE WHEN YOU VISIT OUR BOOTH!
FIND OUTSTANDING BEADED NECKLACES, SANDALS AND BASKETS AS GIFTS FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
MEET CHIEF NICKSON PARMISA!
july 12 - 14
The International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe practices a rigorous selection process when deciding on which of several hundred applicants from indigenous communities around the world should be selected for full sponsorship. With the help of our Support Group in Kitengela, we identified 30-year-old Phoebe Lasoi - a designer of beaded jewelry, sandals and baskets that are made by the Olmakau Womens Collective in Kitengela.
The purpose of IFAM is to help indigenous communities to develop sustainable livelihoods through their crafts. Although Phoebe has been sponsored this year, she or other community members will not be sponsored again. It is up to Phoebe to generate enough income from sales this year to fund her return next year and thereafter, hopefully with other ladies of the Olmakau Collective.
In this way, IFAM's mission fits perfectly with Acacia Moyo's, as we work with the community to develop sustainable livelihoods.
Money from the sale of Phoebe's work will benefit the Maasai community in Kitengela. Some of it will go towards sponsoring teenage girls to attend high school. Another portion will help at-risk youth.