“Moyo means from the heart,” she told me as she stood up from her chair to come closer, “That’s where Moyoworkshop gets its name.”
Her name was Megan. And her mission? Healing. As we stood under the white-top tent and she showed me around her market stall, we talked about the journey that had led her to pursue crafting. For her, the small knit and crocheted animals and accessories were the hand-made, tangible steps that she and her father took toward recovery. She learned knitting from her grandmother long ago, but when her heart needed an outlet, she picked up the needles again and starting working away. The woodworking, she described, was the work of her father. Together, their creative talents promote a greater good: Suicide Awareness and Prevention. They donate a portion of all their proceeds to AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), supporting research, education, and advocacy—reaching out to those impacted by mental illness or suicide.
For them, “Moyo” is more than just a motto, its a philosophy about everything they do. For Megan and her family who have lost a member of their family, crafting and raising awareness is a journey of personal transformation that has overflowed into their community. With every scarf Megan crochets and every bracelet her father carves, not only is this father-daughter team bringing beauty and creativity to their community, they are empowering lives for the better. And not only that, but they are actively engaging in material conservation, making sure that they are reusing and re-purposing as much as possible, remembering that their impact on their community comes not only from their crafts, but also through their business ethics and their consideration for the environment.
Having lost a friend to suicide myself, Megan’s story and her incredible spirit made a lasting impression on me, and I have the utmost respect for her bravery. Thanks, Megan, for sharing with us just a piece of what makes your life and your work so incredible.
If you’d like to find out more about Megan and Moyoworkshop, check out their shop on etsy: www.moyoworkshop.etsy.com.