Connecting Iowa with Cameroon and Cambodia

Work of Our Hands, Pella, Iowa

Work of Our Hands, Pella, Iowa

In early 2015, we were approached by one of our store partners, Work of Our Hands in Pella, Iowa, regarding potentially funding projects with our artisan partners. Over the last 12 months their donations, in combination with Serrv funds, have led to long-term investments and improvements in two areas of need.

In Cameroon, funding supported reconstruction of buildings in Bafut used by our partner Prescraft as both living spaces and workspaces for artisans (including some who are blind). The buildings received new rafters and a new roof, new flooring, a new veranda, and fresh paint and shutters. They are now significantly improved.

Reconstruction of living spaces and workspaces for artisans in Cameroon

In Cambodia, our partner VillageWorks has a long-term goal of harvesting their own silk cocoons as a free and natural raw material for their artisans to use in handwoven silk products. Funds were invested in preparing and planting land with mulberry trees, the sole food of silk worms.

Artisans working with VillageWorks in Cambodia who will benefit from harvesting their own silk cocoons.

Artisans working with VillageWorks in Cambodia who will benefit from harvesting their own silk cocoons.

We are grateful to Work of Our Hands and other donors for making these direct, meaningful projects possible for artisans in places as distant yet connected as rural Cameroon and Cambodia!