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"The 2nd Making Handcrafting into Jobs Event" Very Well Attended

On September 14, "the Second Making Handcrafting into Jobs Event: Handicrafts Market, Hands-on Exhibit in Ishinomaki" took place at Nakazato Agricultural Hall of Japan Agricultural Cooperative Ishinomaki Head Office, which event aims at helping female victims who make handicrafts like needlecraft in Ishinomaki in gaining access to markets or finding something to live for that leads to heal their mental scars. Seventeen groups ran their booths at this event, nine of which took part for the first time. Exceeding the first event in number, the event was bustling with more than 260 visitors.

【Every booth attracted many visitors!】

【A Booth named "Natural Cotton" with many kawaii goods made its debut at the event.】

On opening the door at ten, goods sold well one after another. Among visitors was a person with shopping bags filled with goods they bought in both hands browsing around the site. Although many of the visitors were from Ishinomaki, they looked surprised at getting to know that there are so many women who make handicrafts in Ishinomaki. The event also gave local people an opportunity to realize Ishinomaki produces many marketable goods.

【There were many people waiting in line for weaving experience.】

Four groups had contributed to making arrangements for a handcrafting experience session that consists of six different programs including weaving, decoration and so on.
The session has been set up in the hope that hands-on experience inspires visitors to start making handicrafts. A total of forty-five visitors participated in the session and each visitor made their only one good in the world.

【After the event, all of those who ran booths took a meet.】

After the event, asked what their problems before or future activities are, those who ran booths expressed a variety of opinions saying "I need more places where I can sell my goods.", "I need a support system for sharing information." and so on. While there are many women who are busy with housework and child-raising or who have difficulty to get out of the house because of their bad physical shape or mental trauma after the disaster, quite a few women are thinking of making enjoyable handcrafting at home into jobs. As a matter of fact, some visitors were heard to say "' I wanna make handicrafts.', 'I wanna learn know-how for getting on in handicraft business.'", that means visitors have been encouraged to start making handicrafts by their experience in the event.

JEN believes responding to those voices leads enlivening women in Ishinomaki thus the city of Ishinomaki. JEN remains committed to continue to hold the event and also work on assisting women in Ishinomaki.

◆JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction. The planned volunteer activities for September-December period have been renewed. For details, click here).
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◆Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" airs every Friday noon at 12:30, repeats every Sunday morning at 10:30.
People of Ishinomaki who are moving ahead toward reconstruction will make a guest appearance on the show.
You can listen to the talk show on Radio Ishinomaki or on the internet via Simul Radio(
http://www.fm764.jp/) anywhere in the world! Don't miss it! Let us know how you liked it.



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