While we are trying hard to teach the women job skills which will enable them to have their own businesses here in Uganda, we are learning that business is very challenging because of the general poverty level. Most of the time people have a hard time selling their products for an amount that enables them to make a decent living-especially when they first start their businesses. Because of this, we would like to help supplement the women’s income for up to a year with the jewelry as a way for them to earn enough income to start and establish their own business. Our hope is that this will give them enough extra income to purchase the materials needed to start their businesses (like a sewing machine etc.), learn the business well, and establish enough of a customer base that they are able to earn an income which allows them to rise above extreme poverty levels.
With the jewelry program, we teach the women how to make jewelry using beads made from rolled paper, and then we purchase the jewelry from them. The money they earn goes towards supplementing their income and starting their businesses.
If you are interested in buying or selling the jewelry the women make please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are currently working on some new designs, and I’m hoping to bring a lot back when I go home in December.