November 2014  

Products

The bodywarmer we mentioned in February is our new item. There will be very little or no rain over the next six months, so production of the rain coats - which are very popular with the children, by the way - will have to wait. You may not expect so, but it can get rather cold in the dry season. Evenings and early mornings can be really cool, even to Ghanaian standards. That's why we will be making bodywarmers until the rain takes over the weather again. Children love them! And they can have one for 250 water sachets only. If more energy drinks will be consumed when the weather will be getting hotter, we can also start making bodywarmers in the highly popular colour 'energy-orange'!  
     
October 2014  

Products

We created a New Cooking Bag-Bag for our other project; “New Cooking Bag”. With this bag the New Cooking Bag remains clean and is easy to store after usage. For sale for 3 Gh.c. or free if you hand in 300 water sachets. Ayisha made the prototype and has completely immersed herself in this new item. Handmade in our own Tuma Viela workshop!

 
     
September 2014  

Overall

Whenever people think along with you, magic happens.
I can always count on Saved Tools Groningen (Gered Gereedschap Groningen)  to help me with special wishes. Ibrahim, a student at the special school, and Nindo, the deaf son of one of our employees are always to be found in the workshop after school and during holidays. They enjoy helping and would love nothing more than slip in behind one of the sewing machines but they are still a bit too young for that. But with this special tool they can quickly wind spools and it gives them great joy!

 
     
August 2014  

Education

It gives me such satisfaction to talk about our workshop to the people in the Netherlands… It feels like I can somehow give something back in return for all the attention, encouragement and support we keep on receiving from so many wonderful people.
In Zevenhuizen our cause got a lot of attention at our market stall. Everybody was so interested also at PROBUS in Arnhem!
At VREDEWOLD it turned into a two day celebration. What a pleasure standing in front of this group of people! The LIONSCLUB in Leek handed us a symbolic cheque which we are very grateful for! And on top of that all the personal, heartwarming words and gifts which give us a new-found energy to continue our work. New benefactors whom give us their trust and who want to support us financially.
Being back in the Netherlands was great and even greater was coming back and to see that the workshop runs fine and has put forth a tremendous amount of work during my absence!

 
     
May 2014  

Education

During the demonstrations of the New Cooking Bag, which we do in cooperation with the Ghanaian Environmental Protection, we also take out some time to give some attention to Tuma Viela. The Ghanaian Environmental Protection thinks highly of the project so we showcase our products in lots of different villages. Sometimes we have a little quiz with questions relating to the environment; this way the villagers can win a Tuma Viela item…like this gentleman.
It took a while for him to come up with the correct answer, he already had his finger in the air before the question was even asked, but he had his sights set on this handy raincoat and he was visibly happy with his prize!

 
     
March 2014  

Overall

Zuera is studying Fashion and Design in Tamale and for her final exam she needed to make something original…She came to the workshop and asked to join us for a day to make something out of litter for her project. Of course she was welcome! That’s how come Zuera was sweating in our workshop on a Saturday, working hard on fabricating a shopping bag with a zipper! We showed her the ins and outs of working with the plastic sachets and she had a lot of fun. But she kept wondering… “If it took me all day to make one bag, how do you manage to produce hundreds a week…? It seems impossible!”

 
     
February 2014  

Products

We’ve seen plenty of kids sweat under their hats or caps made of plastic. Of course it blocks out the sun and the rain, but the heat you get in return isn’t all that…How amazing to see that the kids show us good solutions for problems like this. The boy who came into the workshop, had simply cut part of his cap off and turned it into a visor! What a great idea! We make those too now and call it the ‘dry season cap’.
When the rainy season starts, we shall produce the closed caps and it becomes the ‘rainy season cap’.
We’re already thinking about an alternative for the rain coat in the dry season…maybe a body-warmer?

 
     
January 2014  

Overall

It is almost dark when I stop at the remote shop en route home to buy some dinner. And here they are, waiting for me….Young girls with each in their hands a plastic bag with perfect bundles of energy-bags. Would it be possible for me to bring them a schoolbag tomorrow? Of course, no problem!
If you have room for two kids on the back of your bike, a bag of water on the tank with your shopping draped across it, I’m sure something else can fit on there!
I take their bags with the sachets and ride home, a smile plastered on my face…No wonder we’ve been able to produce more in 2013…we’ve added a delivery service!