The power of women's art
Some years ago, as a result of financial difficulties and a needed sense of unity, a group of Kufunda-women started to meet and bead. That was the beginning of a journey that is still going on today.
The original purpose of having these meetings was primarily to create art and income with the available resources already present in Kufunda.
So, the women went collecting seeds in the forest and experimenting, sharing, facing difficulties and eventually succeeding in craft making and selling. They became skilled in jewellery making!
The circles are nowadays held once a month. The meetings have helped many women to find out more about themselves and their passions. Sharing stories, getting support and advice from each other has helped women with daily problems, thanks to the power of collective intelligence. But beading is not only done in a circle, many women also work in their houses, with their families or alone. Thanks to this safe and creative-fertile space new projects and ideas were born such as crocheting. The whole practice of handcraft became valuable in the understanding of life.
Today the economical aspect is still very alive and it remains one of the main reasons of making jewellery, but there is also an important value in having the opportunity to share with other women daily problems and joys. These women have created a space where they are able to fully express the art and beauty inside each of them.