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Hand-printed textiles featuring designs by women from a remote Zambian village. Profits will go toward funding micro loans in Africa. Read more

Lusaka, Zambia Printing
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This project was successfully funded on February 29, 2012.

Hand-printed textiles featuring designs by women from a remote Zambian village. Profits will go toward funding micro loans in Africa.

Lusaka, Zambia Printing
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Bumba Basuma means “Creating Grace” in Bemba. I want to create hand-printed textiles that combine my art with local women’s vision and wisdom. When you invest in my project, we will be able to:

  • Help the children of Kashikishi by helping their mothers to be self-sufficient
  • Share the goodwill we receive from women who have so little to share.
  • Create a product that will continue to fund Lubuto WEEL, our fledgling micro lending program.

We work with vulnerable women in a community devastated by HIV and poverty, but the women of Kashikishi are also strong and joyful. How do these powerful women keep hope and happiness alive when faced every day with the struggles of poverty, hunger, AIDS, and death?  What can they teach us?

My idea is multi-layered. I want to:

  • Share the wisdom of these amazingly strong and positive women,
  • Give them the opportunity to create just for the joy of creating, and
  • Use my own art to create a product from their ideas that will continue to fund Lubuto WEEL in the future.

I want to return to Kashikishi because very few people do: 19 hours by bus from the capital, sporadic water and electricity at best. Kashikishi is literally where the paved road ends! I have been to Kashikishi four times, and I am raising money to return, this time with art supplies and the funds to allow women to take time out and create art with their stories.  What does home look like? What are the patterns of your life? What do you see in your garden? What makes a family? What is hope? I will use my printmaking skills to transform their artwork into beautiful and useful textiles – and sell these items to fund our Lubuto WEEL micro loans. 

  • Each piece will include words of wisdom from the women in our program. 
  • Each piece will allow these women, so far away from us, to share their spirit and their power across the world. 
  • Each piece will enable the women of Kashikishi to empower each other by combining art and commerce.

When I am in Zambia, I feel like I am home. I feel welcomed, appreciated, accepted, and most of all loved. I want to share the overwhelming sense of hope I get from these truly inspirational people.

I am Suzanne Joyal.  I am a mother, an artist, and a teacher. I am also the Executive Director of Give a Jumpstart, a non-profit dedicated to improving the welfare of children and their families in Zambia.

IN 2011 we helped local women launch Lubuto Women Empowerment.  This micro-lending program has already reached 150 women, helping them to create an income to support their families. Our loanees are living on $1 per day or less, yet every one is able to pay back her loan on time, and are running sustainable businesses.

As a Director of Give a Jumpstart I am overjoyed at our success. But as an artist I can see an incredible opportunity to collect the stories and record the wisdom of these remarkable, resilient women. I want to use my unique position as art educator, artist and friend to gather a visual record of the lives, hopes and dreams of the women of Kashikishi.

If you invest in me, you invest in hundreds of women and their families.

Na Tu Tela means THANK YOU!

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    Heartfelt thanks! A shout-out on our blog, our facebook page and our website

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    Personal thank you note, featuring an original photograph from my most recent trip to Kashikishi

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    An original, hand-printed lino-cut with personal thank you on the reverse

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    A set of six hand-printed greeting cards with a personal thank you

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    A set of six hand-printed cloth dinner napkins and a personal thank-you note

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    Bring to essence of the women of Kashikishi into your home with a set of hand-printed cloth dinner napkins and a hand-printed table cloth to match!

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    Carry to women of Kashikishi close you when you wear a hand-printed scarf featuring their art and wisdom. Also receive a personal thank-you from a village woman (probably in Bemba!), featuring her original illustration.

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