Streetwise Craft Co. is first and foremost a trade / creative arts school. Here vulnerable children will be taught how to become creative either in the trade of woodworking / furniture-making or creative arts.
The goal here is produce furniture and art that would be the first of its kind in the retail market. We want to incorporate other materials in our woodworking to create more industrial and artistic pieces for the home. We want to teach these kids the importance of aesthetics, the design process and quality furniture-making. We also want to tap into those who are more artistic to teach them painting techniques, photography, silk screening and any other form of art that can be taught.
All of this will culminate in a “storefront” for the workshop and art studio, a cafe, art gallery and home store. Essentially, there can be more than just trades and art being taught here. Former street kids can also learn hospitality, as well as making coffee.
We also want to incorporate various aspects of home furnishing, which include fabric and cushions (for sofas), art pieces (murals, silk-screened wooden signs, poster reprints and original artwork), and recycling items, primarily shipping palettes, which are in abundance here in Lusaka.
Our biggest selling product are the wooden signs, as well as poster reproductions, and any other type of arts and crafts, so that the kids can develop their talents in new and innovative ways not currently used or seen in Zambia. In this area we can incorporate processes such as silk screen, computer graphic design, and painting.
We can also produce locally made, comparable quality cushions for just about any room or taste. Streetwise aims to draw upon locally existing talent to provide training for candidates of the company. In this way the idea can become a community project, by the community and for the community.
ONE PURPOSE. ONE CHILD AT A TIME.
The ultimate goal is to bring these youth out of the streets and into places of safety. The Craft Co. is just one avenue in which to provide employment for these young people and a chance at a better life. But we also want to be able to sponsor these kids in other programs, and revenues from the Craft Co. will do just that.