Women Crafting Change

“There is something powerful and healing in transforming materials that are broken, torn, or headed for the trash into something beautiful and useful”

-Michelle Caldwell, Program Director

Women Crafting Change is a collaborative effort between Global Gallery and The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone Community Development Corporation. Women Crafting Change is a local cooperative mirroring fair trade work by artisans abroad here at home in Central Ohio. Women Crafting Change brings together women of various immigrant and socioeconomic communities to collectively work on art projects. Our program is focused on providing 25-30 women with creative and practical job training through the creation and production of hand crafts through monthly crafting sessions held at partner spaces.

Low-income populations tend to be isolated, which can be detrimental to the social fabric of the entire community. We believe that creative expression through art has the ability to dissolve boundaries and opens communication channels. By coming together to work on art projects, socialize across ethnic and cultural boundaries, and build connections that have the potential to transform these isolated communities into one.

Our program works with the women to develop unique, marketable crafts from sustainable and reclaimed materials. The participants co-develop unique, marketable crafts that are sold at Global Gallery and other retailers in Columbus, to support the women who make them.

Our vision is to empower and equip local low-income women through social enterprise, breaking the cycle of poverty by building relationships and self-esteem. The workshops, in collaboration with the Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone, are led by local women.

These experiences can be transformative and lead to a more complete understanding of the human condition. This program also provides opportunities for members of the local community’s understanding of poverty and economics, Fair Trade, women’s issues, issues affecting immigrants in Columbus, peace building, and more.

If you are interested in volunteering with us email mcaldwell.wcc@gmail.com

We are looking for volunteers to help us with production for shea butter lotion made by Women Crafting Change. We are refocusing our organization and are focusing on production of shea butter lotions. We are looking for help with production to jump start our selling plan to help the women in the program.

Volunteers will be helping with pouring the shea butter into molds, weighing and packaging and labeling the lotion tins.

For more information contact our Program Director, Michelle Caldwell at mcaldwell.wcc@gmail.com or visit at womencraftingchange.com