This is Josephat paper making. He is profoundly deaf and has spina bifida. Having no hope of earning a wage to support himself he felt trapped. However, in 2003 Josephat applied for work at Neema Crafts and was taught how to make paper, quickly becoming very skilled, especially in making our famous ellie poo paper. Deaf people give each other sign names and Josephat’s was “hunchback" because of the curvature of his spine. However, after a short time at Neema Crafts Josephat was given a new name by his colleagues. Now his sign name means “he is able”.
You can read Josephat's story and how Neema Crafts has made a difference to his life here.
Hand made cards using recycled paper and African vitenge fabric. All uniquely made which means that the fabric may vary slightly from the images shown. Small bead and tassel trim on both the giraffe and elephant cards. They come with hand made brown paper envelopes.
All our items are hand made by people with disabilities in Tanzania and all profit goes back to supporting them. You can read their stories at www.neemacrafts.com.
Elephant and Monkey 12 x 12cms square
Giraffe and Crocodile 14 x 10cms