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Macatawa Marketplace

Building Community and Creating Opportunity

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Macatawa Market

Ruth Doane, a resident of Holland, Michigan started managing Craft/Vendor Fair events about four years ago.  These were started as fundraising events for her ministry called Freedom Goods, which sells craft goods mainly made by women coming out of sex trafficking or by people trying to provide for their families in Third World Countries.

 

A majority of the fundraising and selling efforts go to a non-profit in Uganda called The Gift of a Girl Foundation. This organization helps girls in a remote area of Kumi.  They help pay for the girls tuition so they can get an education. This organization does so many things to help the girls such as having local leaders come in to talk to them about things like hygiene and encourage them to stay in school.  They teach them sewing, cooking, bible study, and other life skills. They are working on different projects to try and become self-sufficient, but this is in the beginning stages and hard because of their remote region and the lack of access to supplies.  They have been planting and harvesting crops for food and have been raising goats to sell for funds.

This year has been a struggle for them with Covid and we have been helping feed about 100 people every month!  

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