It is nearly a year ago when I began the felting project in our village here.
For all those of you who do not know how all began, I’ll post my introduction from last year again here:
“I am happy and proud to tell you about a new social project here in our valley:
We are building up a Berber Women’s Wool Cooperative, specialised in felted products.
Since three months I am working with a bunch of girls from the village to teach them how to felt, how to dye wool naturally, how to create good designed products and how to run a business on their own. We are in the very beginning, but I am really thankful and excited about their motivation and the innocent sense of creativity they have. Masha’allah, it is so fulfilling to have the chance to work with them and I learn so much myself, too.
So we build up, little by little, by the will of God, a cooperative with a sustainable spirit to encourage the women’s independence and to ensure their own income.
Here are some of our first products and the work in progress…”
And now, a year later, I can give you some updates:
We worked very well last year, alhamdulillah, every week we tried out something new and we even sold some of the products, so in the end every girl earned a bit of money.
Since November we are not working because weather is too cold. The girls are preparing some wool at home but not a lot. I realize that for them the working process itself is enough: they love to meet, to be creative and to have fun together. But all the responsibilities and sacrifice a real established business-cooperative would ask for is quiet too much for them and they are not interested in working hard for earning a lot of money.
So we decided soon to continue as before, to meet independently and voluntarily, to enjoy the process itself and to leave all in an open frame, like a weekly woman’s meeting group.
I am more than happy with the decision because with soon to be three children I will not have the same amount of free time and energy any more and I do not want to be the pusher and manager of such a business. I am more than happy to meet freely with them, to share a bit of my creativity, to have contact with the people and to help them to sell every now and then some of the felted products to some of our guest or tourists around.
So, alhamdulillah, I am looking forward to the new season, to some new inspiration and new meetings with these amazingly vivid and happy young girls, and I will give you report as soon as we begin, inchaallah.
Blessed Friday to you!