Everyone is welcome to check out the new home of Aina Moja on Sept. 2 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. After being homeless for a month, Aina Moja is back on Main Street and settled in at 39 Main in the Wellness Health Center.

A project of Expanding Opportunities, a 501c3 organization located in Brooks, Aina Moja seeks artisans who have little or no access to the market, assists them to develop their products and then purchases those products at Fair Trade rates to help support the artisans’ work and enables them to support themselves and their families. The profits from Aina Moja then support the projects of Expanding Opportunities including a feeding program for street children in Kenya, a boy’s home in Nakuru and a pastoralist girl child rescue project.

As Aina Moja means “one of a kind” in Swahili, each item in the shop is handmade and therefore one of a kind. It is a good fit for the Wellness Health Center because when one considers the lives of other, surround oneself with beautiful things, open oneself to the lives of others, touch the life of someone one may never know and when their joy becomes one’s own, one begins to experience a new dimension of wellness.

Bev Stone will be leaving for Kenya in September and will be staying until December.  At that time, she will be completing the cistern at the JWHS, completing Stage I of the Distance Learning Center and purchasing inventory from local artists for the holiday season. Stone will be at the open house to recount stories of children and artisans in Africa.

Among the seven projects of the organization, Camp Forest, a wilderness day and expedition camp in Brooks, ties together the wilderness skills and culture of three continents. There will be a lemonade and a goodies stand at 39 Main St. to support the Campership Fund for Camp Forest.

For more information, contact Sheryl Tripp at the Aina Moja Shop, call 722-3708 or send email to shop@ainamoja.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.