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Re: Shoe stories and Thank you, Helen and Josephat

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  • Josephat
    Dear Andrius, Thank you,the idea is good and it has impressed me.It is a great creativity that can do to help ordinary people especially in Tanzania were many
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 12, 2007
      Dear Andrius,

      Thank you,the idea is good and it has impressed me.It is a great
      creativity that can do to help ordinary people especially in
      Tanzania were many shoes are imported from Asian countries e.g
      China,singapore,Thailand e.t.c.However there domestic shoe makers
      whom some of them i know,their customers are ordinary people.

      Most of home made shoes are of plastic leather which is cheap to
      produce and to sell to people with low income but not durable[easy
      to wear out].It is a big point if we can plan it domestically for
      many people will benefit especially the ordinary.So i congratulate
      you for an idea.Me,Helen and our team we are working on that
      starting with exciting shoes stories.Thank you

      Josephat Ndibalema[Uyoga Member]
      Dar es salaam,

      --- In holistichelping@yahoogroups.com, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      > Christine Ax, It was wonderful to meet you in Hamburg! I'm
      > about your ideas on shoe production in Africa. (A special thank
      you to
      > Stella Loewenberg for encouraging me to come to Hamburg.) I share
      > letter with our NewCraft, Holistic Helping, Mendenyo and Social
      > Agriculture working groups.
      > helen mahoo writes from Tanzania:
      > > Dear Adrius
      > > Hope your doing well there,I want to confirm to you that i have
      > > receive 2 flash drive one for me and one for Josephat with the
      > > enclosed,thanks very much,i was encourage to send more stories
      > > will help and change the society,i have talked to Josephat since
      > > gonna have a group meet on sunday the flash will reach to
      > > again we proud of MinciuSodas.
      > > Be Blessed
      > > Helen Mahoo
      > > Chair person-UYOGA
      > Helen,
      > Thank you for your letter!
      > Yesterday I spoke with Christine Ax who leads our New Craft
      > group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newcraft/
      > She is interested to collect "shoe stories" about what our shoes
      mean to
      > us in our lives. She wants to know about our "shoe cultures"
      around the
      > world: why we wear them, how we get them, how we repair them,
      where we
      > wear them. She is studying:
      > * What kind of shoe culture has existed before the modern sport
      > * What kinds of shoe and shoe culture would people like to have?
      > * What kinds of problems do they have with the shoe culture of
      > * What would be a good location and team to build up a local shoe
      > She participates in a company http://masschuh.de which creates
      > personalized shoes that exactly match the shape of an individual's
      > foot. You can imagine the shoemaker making measurements of a
      > foot, putting those numbers in a computer, and then a machine
      > the leather into the exact shape for the shoe to be sewn
      together. She
      > is looking for a place in our network where we know shoemakers,
      > who knows how to sew leather to make the uppers for the shoes, who
      > how to work with leather and can repair shoes. The idea would be
      > send a machine so as to demonstrate what her company can do. Then
      > quality shoes could be created at a reasonable price for the local
      > people. And perhaps there could be some export to members of our
      > This is not mass production, it is the opposite: shoes
      > crafted for each foot! In particular, the left shoe and the right
      > can be different! Most people's feet do not have the same shape.
      > Helen, please focus on shoe stories - short stories (two or three
      > four sentences) about individuals who wear shoes, and long stories
      > (interviews) with shoemakers. I also ask Sasha to collect some
      > stories at MyFoodStory http://www.myfoodstory.info (they can be
      > to agriculture or not).
      > I encourage all of our Africans to send us some shoe stories
      because we
      > will have a bit of new money from Christine (100 EUR minus any
      fees) for
      > one person to work on this. I will decide who would be the right
      > to make sure that we have stories from our entire network. From
      all of
      > the shoe stories we will think and decide together, what would be
      > best location in our network to have a local shoe production
      machine and
      > team.
      > Also, do we know German speakers in Africa, such as in Tanzania or
      > Cameroon? That would help.
      > We also discussed some day perhaps setting up a machine in the
      > Side of Chicago because of the immense interest there in footwear
      > the great impact that local production might have.
      > This is wonderful news and is an example of the great
      possibilities we
      > have by relating our investigations and our resources!
      > Andrius
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Minciu Sodas
      > http://www.ms.lt
      > ms@...
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