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Annie Sloan with her sketchbook in Ethiopia with Oxfam

Annie Sloan and Oxfam

Annie Sloan teamed up with Oxfam to create the Chalk Paint® colour, Lem Lem. Sales of Lem Lem sold raised vital funds for Oxfam, helping people beat poverty worldwide. Lem Lem is still available to purchase as a Chalk Paint® colour. 

Annie’s inspiration for this colour came from the soft green of the fields of alliums that she saw when visiting Oxfam’s Ethiopian Seed Project in 2017. The plants are grown by women farmers supported by Oxfam.

The name Lem Lem means ‘to flourish’ in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. It’s a word that Annie overheard the women farmers say, and thought it was the perfect name for the new colour because it represents hope, just like Oxfam’s Seed Project.

Chalk Paint® in Lem Lem launched on 12th October 2017. See the colour here.

Photography by Tina Hiller for Oxfam and Annie Sloan

Lem Lem has helped;

Meet some of the people Oxfam has helped across the globe with funds raised by customers of Annie Sloan purchasing Chalk Paint® in Lem Lem. Click each image to find out more. 

  • Meet Mary from Ghana, as helped by Oxfam and Annie Sloan
  • Meet Poakurugu from Ghana, as helped by Oxfam and Annie Sloan
  • Meet Milagrosa from The Philippines, as helped by Oxfam and Annie Sloan
  • Meet Elias from Zambia, as helped by Oxfam and Annie Sloan
  • Meet Godfrieda from Zambia, as helped by Oxfam and Annie Sloan

Be inspired!

Take a look at some of the gorgeous projects our Painters In Residence and friends have created using Lem Lem. Follow #AnnieSloanAndOxfam for more ideas just like this and to share your own projects with us!

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