In last year’s Sustainable Gifts Catalog, we were thrilled to feature malachite beads crafted by our community partners in DR Congo, who pooled their experience, skill, and equipment to forge the beautiful stones as a new means of revenue for their village. (We’re very nearly sold out, though there still a few left for lucky shoppers over in the Outreach Shop!)
Thanks to your generosity (and fashion sense!), the revenue generated for the twelve artisans from the beads has funded their work in a more pliable medium than stones, allowing them to collectively purchase seeds, fertilizer, and gardening tools to expand their agricultural horizons.
With 3,000 square meters of land divided between them, they’re working to diversify their crops and grow cassava, cabbage, tomatoes, corn, squash, and other leafy veggies, as well as increasing their yield so they have more to sell at market, and more to enjoy with their families at mealtimes.
Where once community members surveyed a dusty brown landscape, their hard work and ingenuity has sprouted fields of green – from malachite, to their gardens, to the money in their pocket. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!
HOW TO HELP
Grow the good and support the DR Congo Malachite group by purchasing your very own malachite necklace!