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Afri(K)que Limited

Handmade art empowering females in the USA & Togo,West Africa

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Welcome to 2021- Life after the pandemic

Posted on July 6, 2021 at 1:25 AM Comments comments ()

Greetings my fashion friends!

What a great day to come back and share what’s been going on. As you know since March our lives have changed. People are working virtually and all different kinds of meetings are happening online. Events, concerts and gatherings haven’t been taking place in the communities where we live. Birthdays are becoming drive-through celebrations and other events have also been similar. Streets have been empty, malls have been quiet and people are looking sad. Everything is being canceled but one thing that remains is HOPE. Do you agree?

Hope will not be cancelled, kindness will not be cancelled and giving will not be cancelled. People keep saying how can I help someone if I’m myself hurting or going through hardship? You’ll be surprised to find out that you can still help at a time like this.

Do you know that there’s more than material things that can be given to a person? When you reach out to see how one of your friends have been, when you give advice to a co-worker, when you send well wishes to somebody you haven’t seen in years, all of these things are good acts. You just gave these people hope, confidence and a reason to exist.

In a society where money is so important, this pandemic has shown us that there are other things that are more valuable. Like spending time with your significant other, your children, a relative or even a stranger. We are all aware that many people are hurting, yes people have lost jobs, lost loved ones, lost a marriage and so much more. Teenagers are hurting from not being able to socialize with their peers, there aren’t any parties or big gatherings going on, where can they go to share ideas and stories with each other? Children who were going to school to eat and feel secure now are in households with abusive people who they can’t even report because they live with these people 24/7. Educators who used to teach face-to-face have now become familiar with Zoom and break-out rooms where the most important goal is to keep kids engaged and on screen for long periods of time. Churches are now at 20% capacity and if you choose to attend you better be able to wear a mask for an hour or more of the time you’re there.

They call this the “new normal” but in reality will this ever be normal again? We have the right to be worried, stressed out, unhappy or pessimistic at times. For some of us, this could even cause depression because this has taken a toll on our mental health. Nobody has been trained to live these times. I can tell you something though. Believe that currently, we have each other. Kindness is still alive, smiles are still being shared, unity still exists, and I guarantee you this too shall pass! So please be safe out there and don't forget to share your thoughts because at least we have each other. We're alive and we're here that means we definitely have a purpose. The Most High has a job for us. Therefore, our job on Earth isn't done yet. 

Shoutout to all of you who are reading this post, you are survivors, you are strong and you have a bright future!

Are you going anywhere special this summer, are you going by car, train or by plane? Keep the comments coming...

Fashionably yours!

 

End of the year resolutions

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 11:10 PM Comments comments ()

International Women's Day Celebration 2018

Do you have any end of the year resolutions? 

Is it losing weight, is it forgiving the ones who have hurt you this year or is it something you've never done before? 

Well, if I can share mine, it will have to be: finding more ways to give back. 

Did you know that right now there's a possibility to support a cause by buying a tee-shirt on Booster/Custom Ink?
 Are you feeling blessed this season? Take your time to bless someone else.
 
Keep in mind that we're going on our 7th year of celebrating Afri(K)que's International Women's Day. 

Will you be joining us? Do you have a talent that you want to share with the world but been putting it on hold for the day you feel confident? Leave that fear in 2018 and take part of our celebration.

 There are multi-cultural performances, guest speaking  and vending opportunities. We share food and inspiring conversations with each other and have a fashion show in colorful African designs supporting families experiencing hunger, poverty and homelessness.

Does this sound like something you want to take part of? Then join us on Saturday, March 9th in Springfield, MA from 1 to 5pm. 

The Afri(K)que Togo campaign!

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 8:16 PM Comments comments ()
Have you ever jumped up during the day or woke up in the middle of the night asking yourself what you've been put here to do? Have you ever heard that voice inside of you say:" Do what you want to do, not what people tell you to do!".

If any of the above listed things happened to you in your lifetime, you're closer to your calling then you've ever imagined! That also means that, me and you have something in common! We're here for a reason. 

I've found my calling through helping others, doing charity work on a daily basis and donating to causes that are dear to my heart.

 People say:" Donate locally, big companies are already rich". This I discovered is true, people rather give to huge companies than support the neighbor next door, people they know or family and friends who are going through hard times. Isn't this odd? Very much! You rather give to a company who's been in existence since your grandparents were born then a newly founded organization that just started in your town? This newly established company is bringing people together, helping the poor, the homeless and the hungry but you still won't donate? 

Let that sink in for a minute. 

This is where we differ! I'm glad to give my time and donations to companies that I have a business relationship with. I'll explain. If a company is not accessible for you to meet the key people who are making decisions, what's the reason why you're giving them funds or supporting their cause again? If  they don't have time for you, why do you send them money or give them your time? This is where giving wisely comes in.

 I'm so excited to be part of the Afri(K)que team where we're planning our first charity group trip to Africa in July 2017. I believe that other than helping females in the US it's also very important to learn how poverty affects people face-to-face in other parts of the world. 

Please share with us if you've found your calling or simply anything positive that you would like other people to know!

Until next time my blogging friends!
The founder and Executive Director on one of her visits to Togo, West Africa

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