Life’s rich tapestry
Carolyn Monson, an MAF mum with three children, is married to Pilot Matt. They live in Maseru, Lesotho and, from the beginning, have done all they can to befriend the native .
One of the ways Carolyn helps those around her involves one of her great passions. She has an art degree – which included – and God has enabled Carolyn to use her talents to help Basotho women make crafts.
So, when a friend introduced her to ‘M’e (Mother) Puseletso, a lady who loves to sew, Carolyn asked the woman to make some items for her out of the bright, patterned Seshoeshoe fabric that’s extremely popular in Lesotho culture.
‘We started out making bags and, when I wore them around town, people began asking me about them,’ Carolyn explains. ‘Over the years, it’s grown and now we’re making smaller bags, along with table runners, aprons and ornaments.’
These sewing projects have provided ‘M’e Puseletso with a that’s enabled her to support her son through university. It’s a huge blessing to someone who, due to health problems, can only work at home.
Carolyn shops for new materials at the local fabric shops, admiring all the colours and the traditional fabrics offer. She takes them home to wash them, ready for crafting into bags.
With Lesotho’s high level of , Carolyn feels that, by supporting ‘M’e Puseletso and other local crafters, this is just one of the ways God allows her to help. ‘I really love supporting women who are doing crafts and making a living off the arts,’ she says.