I will teach craftmaking to people in need. My workshops will instill valuable self-reliance and a sense of worth in those who attend.
As a young girl I was trained to sew, embroider, knit, crochet, and cook. By doing so, I learned more than skills. I learned the quality of materials, the process of how yarn is made, the satisfaction of a handmade product, and, more importantly, how love is woven in the making. Today, fewer people learn how to do crafts. They buy everything and have no idea how things are made. They put little or no value on hand work. I am working to change that, while helping others.
How Winning Will Help
When the economy started its downward spiral, the first victims were the poor. To help those in need I started several workshops called "Create and Earn." However, many of the victims did not have money to buy the essential tools and materials needed to participate in my workshops. To help, several friends donated knitting needles, yarn, and other materials. But what we needed most were instructors. We also needed instruction books in Spanish and someone to help with marketing, advertisement, and accounting.
The $5,000 would help meet these needs. Maybe we could even have money left over to give small loans.
More About Martha Davies
I am 77 years old. At the beginning of 2010 I took business classes offered by Washington Cash that helps individuals start a micro business. After nine weeks, I graduated and took my business license under the name of Granny's Attic. I sell handmade crafts, once-loved dolls, handmade dolls, and anything I find in good condition at Granny’s Attic.
Selling at small fairs, I offer part of my table to handcrafters and would-be micro business owners. I show them how inventories grow — how a small investment can grow and grow. I have several women who are excited about their handcrafts.
My life was spared by a doctor, when my mother’s parents wanted her to abort me. All my life I have been grateful and deeply aware that I am supposed to do something. And so I have. I consider myself to be a gentle activist. And since 1995 a “virtual activist” when I fell in love with computers. I have founded two non-profit organizations both with the 501 determination.