Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Full Shop

A few days ago Bennah started working in our Jinja shop full time. The small shop is very busy now with Bennah, Susan, Sally, Sally's niece Flavia (5 -starting school on Feb.6), and Bennah's baby Jacob (1 year on Friday), and of course there are always visitors. I have been blown away with the great compassion these women have for each other and the community around them. One of our visitors who comes to the Jinja shop every day is a beggar lady who is always asking for money. The ladies gathered some small money amongst themselves and gave to her week after week. They have since found out about this ladies poor spending habits (alcohol and cigarettes) but if you have spent any time in Uganda you know that this kind of giving doesn't happen very often.

We are very proud of the Jinja shop ladies and the good character they are showing to the people around them. Thank you for helping to give them the opportunity to give to others!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Recently our new friend, Bobby Neptune, took amazing photos of the tukula ladies.
We had so much fun and laughed really hard at the women's reactions when he suggested putting a sewing machine in the street!

To view a sampling of the photos go HERE.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Meet our weaver: Rose

We recently started a new partnership with a lady named Rose who will be the head-weaver for all our Carry All and Sipi Messenger Bag fabrics. This decision was made to help carry out our mission of helping small businesses to grow.

Rose is a delightful lady to be around always giving hugs and always trying to accommodate us the best she can. She is by far our fastest and most efficient weaver. Rose stays just outside of Jinja in a small town called Mbiko (same place Esther is from).

We are thankful for her hard work and dedication to getting us the best possible woven fabric!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meet Lydia

Sixteen year old Lydia is the youngest of the group and currently finishing up tailoring school.

Her excitement about tailoring for tukula has made her a fast and eager learner. Even though she has been with us for a few months, she still squeals with delight when we place new product orders every week. Lydia is currently working on all of our head-wraps and just started working on a special product for our newest line that will be announced in the next few weeks! Lydia will soon be making Shami bags for the first time and we have all the confidence in the world that she will do great!

We are so thankful that Lydia is a part of our group and can't wait to continue getting to know her!