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Creating Connections through Art

Kamga Constance

Advancing Women’s Leadership in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding for Community Development (2018) and Community Development Leadership by Women (2018)

 I started making beads as a child as I learnt from my grand mum. The money from the sales of these beads were used, in part, to pay my school fees each year until I finished my secondary school. While in university, I continued making beads which was a total relief for me and I could pay my fees, my rents, and still have some pocket money for my upkeep.

These beads were sold on campus and around my community. Many women became interested and I taught them how to make beads. It ranges from sandals, necklace, bracelets, bags, and flower jars. The more I train, the more my skills increase. This gave me the urge to create the 300 women voices group after my graduation. Apart from beads, I decided to go for more artistic work using Ankara fabrics. That adds to my experience. I want everyone to know that every work here is handmade and is done by those whom I have trained especially during the lockdown period.

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