A Sweet Summer of Updates

When summer in Milwaukee rolls around, we better make good use of it! And so far, we sure have.

On June 2nd, the women of Milwaukee's Newest Artisans ran their first booth at the Tosa Farmer's Market.  They were up and ready to go by 5:30am! Needless to say I think they were quite excited. :)

It was an awesome day, one where I truly believed the women realized their potential and were amazed at how many people loved what they are doing. In just 4 hours, they sold 34 baskets, 1 outdoor mat, and earned a combined total of $792...every single penny going back to the artisans. They left that farmer's market with not only money in their pockets, but with a new hope in knowing the possibilities that lie before them. Thank you to everyone who came out to support them!

Their booth looks pretty good!

Their booth looks pretty good!

On June 10th, thanks to Devon Liebl and Lizzy Bauer, we were able to take some kiddos to see the movie Show Dogs. Not gonna lie, it was a pretty funny movie. Adults you would like it too!

Time to see some Show Dogs!

Time to see some Show Dogs!

The women also had a booth at World Refugee Day this year. Here we were able to raise more awareness not only within the refugee community, but with locals of downtown as well. The women sold another 21 items and walked away with $407 in earnings! Boomshakalaka!

Looks like the little man was acting as the boss!

Looks like the little man was acting as the boss!

The 2nd Annual Milwaukee Run for Refugees was a huge success. For more pictures and details, check out other blog post specifically about the run. We had 72 participants and raised over $1600 which we will be using to help out local refugee families. Not to mention we were blessed with such gorgeous weather!

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The women have continued to meet on Fridays and have been cranking out baskets like crazy! They are also beginning to make tote bags AND backpacks! It's clear they're gearing up for the next Tosa Farmer's Market this Saturday, August 4th. Stop by and say hello...they'll be crocheting and learning how to run this booth on their own one day! :)

Her kitchen is where she clearly does her work :)

Her kitchen is where she clearly does her work :)

We're excited to share that we'll be partnering with a few new local stores in the upcoming months. More on that to come....And as always, thank you for all of your support!

Shannon Robak