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Soul of Somanya is a small organization headquartered in Mobile, Alabma. However, the real action takes place in Somanya-Krobo in Ghana’s Eastern Region, where we are working to develop sustainable employment opportunities in the field of bead work for disadvantaged young people whose job prospects are very limited by their lack of family support and/or limited levels of education. Rural youth in Ghana are at risk for migrating to the cities in search of work, where many end up as prostitutes, thieves or beggars in order to survive. We are trying to prevent that from happening in as many cases aspossible. We incorporated as a non-profit in July of 2008, and were granted our 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status in April of 2009. All proceeds from sales of Soul of Creating Art Somanya products are used to fund the project.
It all began when an issue of Bead & Button magazine found its way into the rural community of Somanya. A representative of a group of Krobo artisans emailed Melody MacDuffee, one of the jewelry designers featured in that issue, asking if she would come and teach them her skills. Six months later, lugging six suitcases filled with jewelry-making tools and supplies, Melody was on her way to Ghana. Over the course of the next eight months, a concept evolved that would define Soul of Somanya’s purpose. Melody and Arkuh Bernard Tettey, co-founder and project manager in Ghana, worked closely together to make the concept a reality. In July of 2008, Soul of Somanya hired a group of talented young people, who quickly picked up a wide range of jewelry-making skills. Today, Soul of Somanya artisans earn a steady, living wage in a healthy, pleasant working environment doing something they enjoy…creating jewelry and other beaded products.
Thank you for your support!
Melody MacDuffee, Executive Director U.S. 1-251-391-1008
Arkuh Bernard Tettey, Soul of Somanya Ghana Project Manager Ghana: 233-246-310-0396
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website at: www.soulofsomanya.net
Occasionally, due to the many challenges and expenses involved in shipping from West Africa, some items may be assembled (out of components produced in Ghana) by our volunteers here in the U.S. This allows us to keep paying our Ghanaian artisans a consistent living wage while we are devising ways of meeting those challenges.