Lettie Stuart Pottery is quite a unique place, not only in Sierra Leone but in all of West Africa, as it is one of very few places that is capable of making high fired pottery products. It was founded by the Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) named after Dr Lettie Stuart the founder of SLADEA. It was established to help adults and youth, who hadn´t received formal education, to acquire skills as potters.
Brama town is a small village located 30km south of Freetown, with just over 700 habitants. Basket weaving is one of the main activities in the village. The group of weavers is headed by the Chief of Brama town Samuel Walker Mansaray, who tought most of the others the art of basket weaving.
Foday Thoronka, is a Freetown based tailor that has been working with Aurora Foundation for several years. Foday is grateful for crossing path with Aurora Foundation as he has acquired new skills from training received through Aurora and all the extra work through the Sweet Salone project as a tailor has help him to build his own house from a single room he was managing with his family and work.
Pa runs a beautiful stall at the Big Market in Freetown, where he sells his self- designed bags. While discussing business with Pa, Barrie turned up and voiced his interest. They have been collaborating with Aurora ever since making colourful crown-like hats for children, made out of leftover materials.
Hidden behind the Tourist Board of Sierra Leone facility off Lumley Beach is a small market called Lumley Beach Market, where you can find various goods and souvenirs made by both the sellers in the market and their brothers and sisters in their villages and sent to town. Through the past few years Aurora has worked with several of the artisans that are based in the market.
Martha is passionate about fashion design, but opportunities to learn are few in Sierra Leone. Her dream is to become a well-established fashion designer and open up a school to teach others.She grew up in a small village but moved to her grandmother in Freetown when she was seven years old to go to school.
|2020||DESIGNER||NUMBER OF ARTISANS|
|MASKS||400||Tiangay Martha Tucker||1|
|WOVEN PRODUCTS||371||1+1+1, HUGDETTA, TERRABLY GOOD||20|
|POTTERY PRODUCTS||206||1+1+1, HUGDETTA||4|
Martha, as she likes to be called, is 26 years old. After finishing secondary school, she learned to be a tailor and knew she wanted to become a fashion designer. After attending a fashion design course at Aurora she started to do different jobs for Aurora´s staff, and when COVID hit, she was hired to make 2000 masks that Aurora donated to its partners. Following successful cooperation she became part of the Sweet Salone project by making masks. She says it has helped her a lot financially to start working with Aurora. She can now save to buy equipment needed for her tailoring and fashion business. Through Aurora, she has also greatly impacted her knowledge about entrepreneurship and how to run her company Tian´s Closet. She is very grateful to have crossed paths with Aurora.
Masah is married and a mother of four children. She has a very lively presence and, with her business skills and creativity, you would never guess she had not attended school as a kid. She says she has learned a lot of new skills cooperating with Aurora in the Sweet Salone project. And financially, she has greatly benefitted as she can save some of the money she receives for the work and takes care of the family. She is delighted to be part of the group that works with Aurora under the Sweet Salone project.
42 year old Mohamed is married with three kids. He finished primary education but has since mainly worked on his farm as well as doing basket weaving, which he has really mastered. He is one of the lead weavers in Brama town. He is hugely grateful for all the work Aurora has given him and the team as he has been able to finance his farming project, which is ongoing successfully. He is also able to send all his kids to school and take of his family. He is also grateful for the training he has received through the project and says he has learned to make new designs and expand their products from only making their products in their old fashioned way.