The Yonso Project is working to provide the community members of Yonso with new employment and business opportunities.
The flagship program is the Bamboosero bamboo bike workshop. In late October, the Yonso Project hosted a workshop, involving representatives from Uganda and Ghana where Craig Calfee came to train staff members for the Bamboosero workshops scattered across the continent. The intial staff of 3, completed their training and accepted full employment producing bike frames made out of bamboo and fiber for sale through the Bamboosero website. They will be extending invitations to local artists to create a series of specially designed Kente and Adinkra themed cosmetic surface treatments for a more specialized Ghanaian frame.
Kente cloth, known locally as nwentoma, is a type of fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the country of Ghana. It is the Tribal cloth for many Ethnic groups in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Togo and, it is a pan-African symbol.
Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings and logos. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. They also can be used to communicate evocative messages that represent parts of their life or those around them.
All Bambooseros are offered full medical coverage for their entire family and a significantly higher living wage. All profits from this endeavor go to fund community civic projects, scholarships, microloans, and other Yonso Project programs.