Amazima store: Handcrafted jewelry made with love from Uganda. Amazima ministries was founded by 19 year old Katie Davis in 2008 and “feeds, educates, and encourages orphaned and vulnerable children and the poor in the country of Uganda. We do this through child sponsorship (over 400 children), feeding programs (over 1,600 children each day Monday through Friday), community outreach, medical care, vocational initiatives, and spiritual discipleship.” Purchasing this lovely jewelry feeds children and supports/employs Ugandan women in the Amazima vocational program. They are trained and paid a fair wage, and work with dignity to provide for their families.
Not just jewelry! This Camel Rider is ”handmade from stripped banana palm fiber harvested with no negative impact on the environment, and helps support sustainability and international trade in Africa.”
Red Earth Trading Company has this exotic looking Giraffe Bracelet for only $16 (prices subject to change). I don’t have anything to wear it with but I wish I could pull off this look because I love it!
So many lovely scarves to choose from! “The hardest part about purchasing these beautiful hand woven cotton scarves will be deciding which colors you like best. Crafted by artisans of the Ndem community in Senegal, each scarf is woven from cotton grown, carded, spun and dyed by community members under the umbrella of the Maam Samba cooperative.” [Note: I hope to personally begin selling some gorgeous Ethiopian scarves and shawls in the future, from a friend who recently adopted a child there and is now fundraising for a return to Africa, to help in the orphanages. More on this when the opportunity comes to fruition.]
If you don’t wear jewelry or scarves or care about collectibles, what about COFFEE? If you drink coffee, please consider buying your coffee through our friends Fundraiser! The coffee is fair trade and you can even get organic. For every bag of coffee sold, they receive $5 towards their Ethiopia fund. “Just Love uses proceeds to help an Ethiopian orphanage and families adopting not just from Ethiopia, but anywhere in the world.”
If you would like to support a good cause and also help employ hard-working African women, or families who want to help, I genuinely hope you will look at the companies and beautiful products mentioned here. These items are well-priced, high quality, and worthy of your time and purchasing power if you are able. They are some of my favorites!