My new jewellery is my direct connection with a fellow mother. I bought this hand-made wrap bracelet, or long necklace if you will, through an amazing organization called Shanti Uganda. This bracelet and other paper jewellery like it are hand rolled by Ugandan women. The ladies also sew a variety of bags including yoga mat bags. The money generated from the bags and jewellery sales goes straight back to the ladies who make it!! Cool right!? Shanti Uganda believes in empowerment and support of the Ugandan women to create these heartfelt pieces as a means to support their livelihood and that of their children. The ladies receive training in skills and business parctices as well as access to an onsite community garden. Many of these ladies face a bundle of challenges including but not limited to poverty, single parenthood and a weak immune system (HIV/AIDS). You can see why a support network is so important to their success when some many cards can be stacked against them. The mission of the organization is to improve infant and maternal health of Ugandan women living with HIV/AIDS. Local Ugandan midwives with traditional knowledge paired with modern-day best practices help provide safe deliveries in the local birthing house.
Looking for a way to support mammas and their new bundles of joy? Visit Shanti Uganda for inspiration 🙂