The Vakiki Story

Solomon Islands

Aldio Pita in the Solomon Islands


Aldio Pita lives on a tiny island in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. In 1996 he was under intense pressure to sell his family rainforest to international loggers. He had 5 children, a large extended family and needed an income. Today, unlike many others, his rainforest still stands, all 5 kids have had a tertiary education and they now have a small ecolodge and gallery on their island. Aldio chose art and craft over logging after he joined our technical training workshop in 1994 and went on the establish Vakiki Art. The craftmapping process enabled him to recognise the value of his cultural and environmental heritage. Through our skills training programme he learned to make paper from waste forest fibre and used his carving skills to create woodblock prints to illustrate cultural stories and images from his surroundings. We have continued to encourage and support Aldio to attend international festivals, stage museum exhibitions and pass his knowledge to the next generations. His, and his sons' work is now in held in museum and private collections around the world, and is available for sale by visiting the Vakiki Gallery or through Craftmapper.



Chief Roi Mata's Domain Story


The Chief Roi Mata's Domain Story


The people of Lelepa Island and Mangaliliu are the guardians of the only World Heritage Site in Vanuatu. They needed sustainable incomes and used the mapping process to identify potentially marketable craft product. The materials audit highlighted natural resources they had not previously considered useful. 'Endangered' skills and materials were highlighted and they set about reviving old practices and strengthening strategies. They sell their beautiful unique craft direct to their visitors and to international museum shops through Craftmapper.



The Maka Emali Story


The Maka Emali Story


The Maasai and Kamba communities of Emali, Kenya, battle crippling droughts that affect their livestock and crops. Looking for drought resilient alternative livelihoods. Craftmapper was invited to work with the communities through ChildFund NZ to identify marketable craft and facilitate a community initiative.


The craftmapping framework guided the communities to identify product and resources. Skills workshops helped create market ready product. Business training, branding and marketing strategies were developed. Pathways to markets were facilitated and now more than 200 families are selling nationally and internationally. They sell direct to their national museum, high end safari park lodges and directly to retail outlets internationally. Product is also available through Craftmapper.



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