Afriknit Dolls, Meshack And Susan – Afriknit Dolls
Susan, a professional tailor, and her husband Meshack discovered that their drainage systems and surrounding environments were littered with rugs and plastic papers and bottles. Much of the other wastes were being picked up for recycling, however rugs and cut-offs were not. As a result, this contributed to extreme environmental pollution and blockage of drainage systems. Together, they were inspired to make a difference.
They hope to reduce physical fabric waste that is released into the environment and smoke that is emitted into the atmosphere from burning rugs and waste fabric. They are creating dolls from African wear cut offs fabric with African hair styles to help spread the African culture and heritage throughout the world. They are able to convert what is considered waste fabric into dolls to keep the community clean while showing tribute to their community. In the future they will use volunteers and create a youth support center.
Their target clients for the dolls are schools, church Sunday schools, hospital therapy departments, salons which can use the dolls for braiding lessons, parents with young children, supermarkets, and children’s homes. The seed grant will help with purchasing materials, an embroidery machine and allow more people to work at the same time.