Newsletter 17: Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope Last month we had the pleasure of hosting our annual gathering with our Kwazulu-Natal crafters.  It is always a time of huge excitement and anticipation for me when we get to fellowship face-to-face.  Off course there is always lots of discussion around family, food and work.  This year, I was even more excited in that we finally launched our Food Garden Sustainability Project and e...
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Newsletter 16: Making the Most of It

Making the Most of It Recently I was speaking to a friend who is doing something they really love and have wanted to do for a long time - and she was sharing how much she is enjoying the current work she is doing. Often we don't think of work as something to be enjoyed - but rather tolerated and endured - and it challenged my mindset.  It also made me realise how fortunate I am to be doing someth...
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Newsletter 15: Building Resilience

Building Resilience It has been an interesting start into the New Year with our oldest son starting university and helping him settle in with registration and accommodation at Pretoria University.  Our youngest started High School so the last few weeks have been about adjusting to new routines and schedules. On the work front, we believe 2018 is brimming with opportunities and are looking forw...
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Newsletter 14: Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings There is a childhood song we used to sing growing up which speaks of "counting your blessings, naming them one by one - and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."  2017 has been a phenomenal year for us at African Mamas Crafts, not because of any ONE great thing - but when we review the year month by month, we see steadfast growth. April this year was our 2nd year...
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Newsletter 13: Stay in the game

As we are in the last mile of the year, I am reminded daily that I need all my energy to focus on the goals at hand and stay in the game. Every trade event, every customer interaction and feedback, every Facebook like, every training and learning experience, every word of encouragement  - and criticism has fueled our fire and kept us going.   Christmas Gifts, Events and Markets With ...
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Newsletter 12: A Legacy of Hope

A legacy of hope In speaking about an inheritance vs a legacy - Mark Batterson in his book Chase the Lion, says that an inheritance is what you leave for someone - and a legacy is what you leave in someone.  He goes further to say that legacy isn't measured by what you accomplish during your lifespan, but by the lives affected by your life long after you are gone. In our Feb 2016 newsletter we...
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Newsletter 11: I’ll have what she’s having!

Happy Women's Month One of the things I have come to truly enjoy with our business is the satisfaction of seeing a customer who is satisfied and content with their purchase. Whether this is something they buy for themselves or a gift for a friend; their look of contentment and satisfaction is priceless.  For some it is immediate, they see something and they KNOW they or their friend will love and...
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Newsletter 10: Happy Father’s Day

Happy Fathers Day Having both our national soccer team Bafana Bafana and the rugby team the Springboks thrash their opponents so well last weekend - was cause for great celebration at home for my hubby and our two boys.  To keep the peace, I stayed far away from the TV remote and their man cave!  Their instructions were clear and simple, keep the snacks coming.... This Fathers' Day may we re...
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Newsletter 9: Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day Nothing is as special as a mothers' love.  The love, praise and acceptance of a mom is like no other.  And no matter what we do or say, we can never appreciate or thank them enough for all they sacrifice for us. To all the mothers out there - Happy Mothers Day for this coming Sunday the 14th May. To find that special gift for mom this Mothers Day, visit our website. Till...
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Newsletter 8: Moments of Clarity

One at a Time With the 1st quarter of the year done and dusted, it's always a good idea to check progress on the goals we have set ourselves for the year.  Top of the list for African Mamas Crafts was finishing annual financial statements and submitting returns at SARS and CIPC.  As it turns out, completing the documentation proved easier than filing returns as we had a number of visits before we...
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