Friends of Fresh and Green Academy will be hosting a booth displaying and selling our Mothers Cooperative merchandise at the Holiday Craft & Food Specialty Fair on Sunday October 28 in Swansea, Massachusetts and on Sunday, November 11 in Warwick, Rhode Island (times and addresses below.)

Please come by and purchase handmade Ethiopian goods made by our students’ Mothers. When you purchase any item made by our Moms, all of the proceeds go directly to them.

Little by little, our students’ Moms are beginning to earn an income. In addition, they are developing a sense of pride and dignity by earning their own money.

At present, 40 of our students’ Mothers have joined the Mothers Cooperative at Fresh & Green Academy where they are able to come together and work on their crafts. They weave beautiful scarves and make other items such as shoes, handbags, and jewelry. In addition, our Moms are able to make a contribution by helping out at our school with meal preparation and other tasks.

The Mothers Cooperative is not only a place where the students’ Mothers can come to create and work, but is also a place where they have formed a sisterhood. This sisterhood gives them hope that they will be able to thrive and take care of their families. These women are able to make a living. Finally, their dreams of a better life are coming true.

Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Venus De Milo, 75 Grand Army Highway, Swansea, MA  02777.

Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI  02886.