Handmade art empowering females in the USA & Togo,West Africa
|Posted on August 20, 2015 at 12:06 AM||comments (189)|
"If you find it in your heart to be a blessing to others, believe me this will come back to you multiple times. Some people call it karma, others call it luck. I personally call it: blessings." August 6, 2015 from the desk of our Founder.
Wow! How powerful is that, in other words, in your busy lives, please find time for your family, friends and especially find ways to give back to others. We have so much that sometimes we take things for granted and forget that once in a while a small donation to a cause that's worthwhile is good enough!
From this point on we have decided to call all the people who help us through our charity work our "blessings". At Afri(K)que we know the importance of giving a hand to the poor and reaching out to the socially and economically disadvantaged. Please remember to be an Afri(K)que blessing today! $1 goes a long way to feed women who are affected by poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow!
We're using the arts as a means to fight hunger and poverty and empowering females in the process. Please join us by spreading the word about what we do because we strongly believe that raising awareness is key to ending hunger! Thanks for reading our blog this month!
|Posted on May 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM||comments (61)|
It's always great to come back and share more things with you. The latest and greatest fashion idea happened recently in March where we decided to throw a party/celebration for our supporters benefiting the women and girls we work with! These are females from impoverished backgrounds who are struggling to make ends meet. Interestingly enough these women have so many talents and through their works of art are slowly coming out of poverty and are able to afford a decent meal.
The International Women's Day Celebration was a success. We had numerous sponsors.Guest speakers included Springfield Rescue Mission, Barefoot Books, Avon, Origami Owl and two young talented girls who spoke to the public on the empowerment of girls. We entertained our guests with African dancers,Maggie The Clown, a Domm Dee Photography and the highlight of the day: a Fashion Show in colorful designs.
All I can say is,If you've missed the first one then make an effort not to miss the next one. From the mouth of our guests: "It was a fun event", "Wow! I've never seen a dance with spears" "The food was good"," I would definitely do this again!", "When is the next one?" So in response to an overwhelming response we would like to start surveying people to see how many people would be willing to attend our next event in Springfield,MA. Will you be our guest, next sponsor or guest speaker? Do you have talent to share or a product that stands out? Are you a celebrity trying to do some charity work and would love to join forces with us for our next event? Feel free to drop us some feedback on this blog or go to our Contact Us page and leave us some valuable information so we can get back in touch with you. Until then, enjoy the weather, stay in fashion and come back to our blog periodically! We love having you here. Thanks for joining the Afri(K)que blog.
|Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM||comments (317)|
It's always a pleasure to hear from people who share my passion of style and this happens to be the best place to express our ideas and opinions. In case you've missed our previous blogs: Handmade for a cause, Color your Season! and Fashion with colorful designs have inspired other bloggers and brought this website to their attention. Yes, I'm proud to say that we specialize in handmade, eco-friendly and fair-trade items.
Check out this two-piece outfit with a combination of light blue and pink colors worn by one of our beautiful Afri(K)que volunteers. Let me ask you a question, are you red carpet ready? African prints are the hot topic this year and are right in time for Spring and Summer seasons. So be ready for your time to shine! Do you want to stand out at your next event, party or show? The best idea is to keep on coming back for more fashion tips. Maybe we can even help you pick your outfit for a future get-together or find you some handmade unique jewelry to match your clothes? Either way, stay in touch and as usual, we appreciate your feedback!
|Posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM||comments (254)|
Hello my Fashion friends!
The holiday season is approaching and everybody is trying to find good ideas on ways to shop without breaking the bank. How would you feel if you could get some tips that can help you save money and you will also be helping other people in the process?
Doesn't this sound like a great idea? Too good to be true? Not really.
There happens to be so many ways in 2013 where you can support handmade items and the money goes right back to support different causes like hunger, homelessness and poverty. That's the idea behind Afri(K)que. Every penny you spend towards a product that was made by hand supports women and girls in the Greater Springfield and West Africa. Does this inspire you? There's more to come!
In our first blog we talked about how different colors inspire us and change our moods. This time I'm going to be talking about one of my favorite topics: shoes.
What color shoes do people wear most often? I would say black most of the time. Right? Do you know why? Black shoes seem to match any outfit you have in your closet. Beige, white, pink, red, brown shoes. Some of us have them all. The most interesting part in this conversation though is to come up with shoes that match with your outfit even when you're wearing colorful designs. Does this sound hard? It probably is.
That's why I want to hear from people who are interested in buying shoes that would be made with the same cloth design they're wearing. Would this be appealing to you or would this concept be totally weird? I would appreciate your honest feedback. So please drop a line and share some fashion ideas with your friends on this blog. In reality, we all benefit from each others' ideas. Have a great holiday season!
|Posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM||comments (324)|
Hello my fashion friends!
I'm happy to start my first blog this month with color.
Red, orange, yellow, green and blue...what do these make you think about?
Spring? Summer? Nature? Flowers? Skies? Trees? Maybe something else? Let's share!
As a fashion setter myself I like to wear at least one of these colors.
Tip of the month: Wear any of those bright colors with a white or black skirt, shorts, pants, leggings, jeggings or skorts; you will be sure to impress!
Do you get compliments or negative feedback when you wear a bright color?
What are your favorite colors to dress up in?
I'm launching my Afri(K)que collection 2013 in a couple months and I'm open to some thrilling ideas. Clothing and jewelry for women, men, boys and girls with colorful designs. Empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women and girls. Exciting?
Stay cool and stay in fashion!