Updated: 7 days ago

The World Market Holiday Shop is at the Capawock Theater again this year, open from 10am to 6pm everyday until Christmas. Six local women are selling crafts that support women’s economic development in Haiti (Empowered Haiti), Tanzania (Maasai Partners), Palestine (Olive Branch Fair Trade), India (Invisible World & Her Future Coalition), Latin America (Ama Nomad), and Zambia (our own African Artists Community Development Project). We work hard to bring opportunity to some of the most neglected communities in the world, and to make it easy for people here to buy handmade holiday gifts that spread the wealth.

The AACDP stand features Zambezi Dolls from Zambia, Kikoi cloth & Kanga cloth with Swahili proverbs from Zanzibar, sterling silver Tuareg jewelry, African trade bead jewelry & keychains, and small Guinea hen sculptures from Victoria Falls Craft Market. We will be adding a selection of baskets and small carved animals as soon as the shipment comes in.

Come see the magic and feel the love!

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Updated: 7 days ago

We are so excited to have our website up and running! Our online SHOP has a great selection of Zambezi Dolls, and now is a perfect time to purchase this unique item for someone special. Featuring five skin tones representing the diverse peoples of the world, these dolls are hand crafted by mothers of children with disabilities at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home in Livingstone, Zambia. Each doll is made entirely of natural fiber; the skin is 100% cotton jersey, the hair is 100% wool and the clothing is made from traditional cotton chitenge cloth. Zambezi dolls are soft and huggable, good for the environment and good for the heart. Stylish or funny, dark or light, Zambezi Dolls are perfect friends for children of any age.

Zambezi Dolls are very collectible, and make great Christmas gifts and birthday gifts. You can purchase Zambezi Dolls at our web shop, and also in person on Martha's Vineyard at Capawock Theatre, Main St., Vineyard Haven.

Profits from the sales of Zambezi Dolls go directly back to the Mama Bakhita community. The Zambezi Dollmakers are rightfully proud of their product and of the help they are providing for their families and neighbors. Click the video below to see and hear them joyously at work.

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Updated: 4 days ago

Purchasing farmland in Zambia in October 2021

Our friends at GlobalGiving are giving $1,000,000, to be split among nonprofits who receive donations from midnight to 11:59 PM EST on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

All donations of any size are greatly appreciated, at any time. On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, your donation will be boosted by GlobalGiving. They also match new monthly donations 100% the first month.

If the spirit moves you to make a year-end contribution to theAfrican Artists Community Development Project, these are programs you will be underwriting:

  • The AACDP GlobalGiving Communal Farm project which has made great strides, and needs continued support over the initial months of building, land preparation and planting.

  • The Educational Sponsorship Program, which finds yearly funding for 12 students in our community who want to study a trade or career.

  • The Zambezi Doll Cooperative, an economic development effort for The Zambezi Dollmakers, 12 mothers of children at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home.

  • The Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home, which provides physical therapy services and special needs education for 25 children with disabilities of every kind.

These programs interact within a small community within Livingstone, Zambia offering a way to improve the quality of life in a sustainable way.

Thank you, as always, for your generosity and support.

In Love and Solidarity,

Marsha Winsryg

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