Kisses from Katie: Uganda, Africa
Trades of Hope is excited to be working with a group in Uganda that feeds, educates, and encourages orphaned and vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Founded in 2008 by then 19-year-old Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie), they spread the truth of God's love and empower the Ugandan people through education sponsorship, community outreach, vocational projects, and discipleship programs.
Mothers in their beading circle craft beautiful, handmade necklaces and are empowered to turn away from harmful work to provide for their families. Katie Davis goes to the slum community of Masese once a week to meet with these women, build relationships, lead them in a Bible study, purchase their necklaces, and assist in giving them money management training. More than 30 women are now able to feed their families, send their children to school, purchase plots of land, and build homes. Money received from the sale of these necklaces also funds a feeding program in Masese that serves over 1200 children Monday through Friday. This self-sustaining vocational program gives hope and a future for families in Uganda, and the women are proud their hard work is making a difference in their community.
Uganda, Africa: Dorothy
This group in Uganda, Africa, is an organization managed by the disadvantaged to help the disadvantaged! The majority of the artisans are people who are either disabled or are widowed. Their lives are being changed from the sales of their stunning baskets!
One of the missions of this group is to provide hope to disabled people, youth, and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. This group is over 85% women and is excited about the change they are making in the women of Uganda. Recently this group purchased an 85-acre plot of land where they plan to build a village. The center will be used mainly to teach youth with disabilities about income generation. Many of these young people have now successfully started their own businesses!
Uganda, Africa: Nakato
Our beautiful Ugandan beads are hand-crafted by women in Africa. Many of these women struggle with AIDS, and this organization is empowering these women to rise above the many hardships they face in their country. They learn skills to create and to sell their products. They also learn how to provide for their family! Check out Nakato's story below.
Nakato is a fighter. Her husband left her when he found out she was pregnant. AIDS ridden, impoverished and a single mother to a four-year- old daughter, Nakato started working as an artisan from her bed.
Through her artisan work, she was able to pay her own hospital fees and bring herself back to health. In the midst of battling her own disease, she was able to send her daughter to school and to open a bank account for herself. Nakato sees herself as a business woman and plans to open her own shop one day.
Trades of Hope is proud to offer beautiful blue bracelets from this group of women. The purchase of these bracelets goes back to beautiful women like Nakato.