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O U R  T E A M

We are a team of optimistic artists and craftspeople obsessed with design and the technical process (while not taking ourselves too seriously). The best five months out of the year are the ones we (Maddy + Kyle) spend at our workshop with our team in Manchewe Village, providing metalsmith training, researching techniques and materials, prototyping new designs, expanding community development initiatives, and eating a lot of nsmia (a staple dish made from maize). 

Almost all of our team had previously never held a job in the formal economic sector, had access to reliable income, or knew a single thing about making jewelry before starting work at YEWO. We saw an opportunity to share our skills, open up a new market, and provide reliable employment.

click on each photo for meet every team member

(not pictured: community center staff, teachers, and evening watchmen we support)

Maddy:

co-founder + designer

Kyle:

co-founder + maker

Kennedy:

manager + maker

Wakisa:

manager + maker

Charles:

maker

Eluby:

maker + quality control

Petros:

maker

Mama Joy:

onsite cook 

Aaron:

maker

Dickens:

manager + maker

 

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