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Jigiya - Our New Mali Friends

Jigiya Member with HatHere are some of the skills that our members have now:

  • chair weavers/cainers (19 of whom are blind)
  • 2 tailors
  • 5 small businessmen
  • 6 electricians
  • 20 hairdressers
  • 30 students

Our biggest hope now is to form a ‘Jigiya Work Center’, which would support the working efforts of our members. In the USA, this might be called a cooperative. Here is a list of materials that we have identified so far that would help us:

  • chair weaving materials
  • paints for dying clothes
  • electric sewing machines (now, a Jigiya tailor is using a foot powered sewing machine, but his handicap is with his legs, so his productivity is reduced)
  • soldering machines
  • electrical supplies
  • hair dressing materials (gels, cosmetics, beads)
  • computers for the students
  • bicycle chain (one of our members has a tricycle, but not chain for her to power it with her arms. This reduces he mobility, because she needs to wait for someone to push her.)

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