Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Meet Edmund

Written by Mungwe on Sunday, November 13, 2005
Filed under: General News, Pictures

Edmund stands holding carvings he has made.

Edmund is a wood carver from Mvumi, Tanzania, about 45 kms from Dodoma town.

He has started a carving cooperative, in which girls and boys are learning the trade.

The carvings turn beautiful mkongolo wood into the striking forms of African animals and men and women doing daily tasks.

PEN Trust is seeking to find markets for the art produced in Edmund’s cooperative. Please contact us if you would like to purchase carvings.

The carvings in this picture include a Gogo-style home and people doing everyday tasks such as grinding corn, carrying wood and water, and playing instruments.

Sculptures of Gogo-style home and of men and women in everyday tasks

Edmund specializes in carving Noah’s Arks as well as individual animals.

Also popular are carvings of the word, KARIBU, which means welcome in Swahili, or LOVE, JOY, and PEACE in English.

Sculptures of Noah's Ark, animals, and Love, Joy, and Peace

Edmund and the cooperative can do special orders. A common request is to have a name carved into mkongolo wood.

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