Friday, August 29, 2014

Week 8: Home stays, open day and crochet!

Ya sooma.

Welcome back to Tigoung Nonma’s blog. Week 8 has nearly come to an end (where has the time gone?) and we’ve been making great progress as usual.

The last weekend marked our home stay visits in which the TN volunteers spent the day at the homes of some of the TN members. Jordy and Francis visited Carama’s home (secretary of Tigoung Nonma); Salman and Mary visited Abas’ home (president of Tigoung Nonma); and Rumbie and Achille visited Leonie’s home (general secretary of Tigoung Nonma). As well as giving us the chance to try some delicious Burkinabe dishes, the day was also spent immersing ourselves in the culture of the members and exchanging plenty of laughter! It was intriguing to learn more about their daily life and the conditions they live in, meet their families and discover more about the type of artisanal work they do. We are very grateful to have had this opportunity to exchange ideas about our respective cultures and be welcomed into their homes.

TN's invitation for our open day
Back to work now and preparations for Tigoung Nonma’s fourth open day are well on their way. Over the course of the week, the team have been busy designing leaflets and invitations for the day, which have been finalised and printed and are now ready to be distributed. Several invitations have been sent to (VIP) guests; however the invitation is open to all and the link to our event page can be found here: on.fb.me/1zQJRMv.  The artisans have been asked to make more of their unique crafts and an order has been put in to TN’s yummy catering service for the day.

A newly photographed crochet product

Work on a brand new section of the website also began this week, which will feature the newly hand-made crochet products. Crochet is the process of creating fabric using yarn, thread or other material strands using a crochet hook.  Tigoung Nonma has high hopes that recycling plastic bags to produce the crochet products will ultimately contribute to the reduction of plastic waste pollution in Burkina Faso. Uploading the products onto the website requires a variety of tasks which have been spread throughout the team during the week. Our creative team worked hard to produce a new page banner, photograph and edit the crochet products, calculate the correct prices and write descriptions for the products which have also been translated into French. We hope to upload the products onto our website next week, so watch this space!

Thanks for reading.

Team Tiggy 

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