The Francophone Women's Artisanal Group of Ontario (GAFFO) is a non-profit arts organization founded in March 2000 in Toronto. A multidisciplinary group that combines various forms of craft creations and services.
The main goal is to help women to take care of themselves. Since its creation, we offer services to promote the development and craft creation as well as the professional reintegration of women. The GAFFO fulfills its mission in particular through programs of insertion in the labor market, through training courses that are articulated in the manufacture of art objects. It provides advice on employability and skills development. The GAFFO is a trainer in an urban setting. We organize workshops on women's economic development. We work with schools to help students develop and raise their self-esteem. The GAFFO also offers workshops to the youngest and teens as extracurricular activities. We work closely with women who are victims of violence; we support them by encouraging them to regain self-confidence and gradually return to the labor market.
Most immigrant women have a concept of sewing, braiding, and advanced cooking. The services therefore enable women to promote their expertise, involve them in the creation of handicrafts and thus contribute to the promotion of African-Canadian art and culture, and enhance the value of cultural heritage.
Entrepreneurship program :
Sewing - Knitting - Design - Puppets - Masks - Painting - Pottery.
Create a universe in which the creative genius of women is highlighted through the creation of dolls. The GAFFO is the only women's organization in Ontario to put in place a tradition that has always been allowed in Africa and elsewhere to take control of their destiny.
This while working with craft creation, especially with the creation of dolls they put on the market, to acquire their financial independence. Today, the GAFFO, provide women with another way to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions, through creativity, while encouraging them to enter the labor market.