Covid-19 has inadvertently affected the day to day life of everyone around the globe. Most governments have reacted with local ordinances which have impacted people and businesses. The Global Girlfriend team would like to spotlight our artisan partners at Sasa Designs for the month of June who have shared their inspirational stories how their schedules have adapted in order to their local government.
On the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the Sasa Designs workshop employs 18 deaf and mute women full time. The artisans of Sasa Designs by the Deaf have started a new chapter in their lives, working each day to build a better life: for themselves, for their children, and for our global community as a whole. Sasa Designs envisions a world in which individuals can benefit from participation in the global market regardless of their gender, geographic location or physical characteristics.
The team at Global Girlfriend continues to be inspired by artisans in the Global Girlfriend community and gives special recognition to Sasa Designs very own Linda, business manager, who has lifted spirits with her story.
On March the 16th, we were all excited because we had made a booking to attend one of the best markets in the city. We were sure we would be able to make sales of our products and in turn continue supporting the artisans. On the same day, the breaking news was announced that one person was tested positive for the corona virus. To make matters worse, she was from our neighborhood and had made several trips around the country.
Immediately, the whole nation was at a standstill. Every market we could have ever dreamed of was cancelled and our hopes and dreams began to dwindle.
We had to make a drastic choice of working from home yet our work entailed human interaction. There was no more movement. The ladies had to work from home. We had to adapt to a new lifestyle.
A few weeks later, here we are, we have to wear masks whenever we go out. We still have to work from home. We thank God that we still have jobs because many people lost their jobs, Many businesses shut down. We cannot thank you Jessica and the whole team enough for the orders that have come through. Every single cent we make will help support a Deaf artisan and help run the workshop. All hope is not lost for us. We see a brighter future even after COVID 19.
Keep updated with our artisan focused series throughout the month of June!