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Meet Vero

Meet Vero. Vero has an incredible smile and is so joyful always. She is incredibly hardworking. She cares for her 7 children as a single mom - children that have come to her naturally through childbirth, and children who she has taken in when they needed a home and a mama. They are all her children now and she loves them dearly. Vero is a talented tailor and has taught several young women her sewing skills so they too can earn a fair wage through the work of their hands. Vero is often the first one in to the workshop and the last to leave. You can show Vero a photo of what you want made, and come back a...

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Meet Jack

Meet Jack. Jack has completely blown me away over the last 5 years with his kindness, compassion, leadership skills, hard work and incredible integrity. Always going above and beyond expectations. I have such trust in Jack, it makes being an ocean a way from this artisan group so much easier knowing he answers each question, gets each task done and is open and honest with me each step of the way. Jack has come from being a street youth, to a well respected business man in his community. Jack expects a high standard from the artisan group - in their work quality but also in their lifestyle and the way they treat others. When we walk though the community in...

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Meet Bosco

Meet Bosco. Bosco is such a sweet, gentle man. He’s the only male in the group of artisans we partner with in Uganda and is the lead designer there with the paper beads. He quietly works away alongside “the ladies” (as we all affectionately call them) - but is confident to say if something is not done right and needs done again. Bosco, like all the artisans we partner with in Uganda, is a former child soldier. He and his now wife, both were abducted as children and forced into Kony’s army (the LRA) for several years before managing to escape. Bosco during this time lost a leg to a landmine - but it doesn’t slow him down at all!...

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Meet Damaris

Meet Damaris. Damaris is always so inspiring. This woman is so smart, articulate and wise. her role in the group is “Assistant Chair Lady” - she told us “sometimes they call me assistant chairMAN - but I like to the be the chairLADY.” Every year when I visit, Damaris has taken some course, or undertaken a new endeavour to better herself. One year she was caring for chickens and rabbits. Another year, she had taken courses in construction - painting, masonry and more - and had purchased a home where she could rent out rooms and be a landlady.  She always works hard, continues to learn and is so wise with her budgeting and finances. She is married and has 5...

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Meet Solomon

Meet Solomon. Solomon has been working with this group of Kenyan artisans for about ten years. He is a very hard worker. Whenever I show up to the workshop he is working away. He is quiet and gentle and we always love visiting with him. Last year we had local tailors make all our artisan partners suits or dresses as part of a campaign for my 40th birthday… when we arrived the next time in Kenya, Solomon proudly had his suit on to show us. His speciality is bone jewelry - taking leftover bones from the butcher and turning them into beautiful works of wearable art.  Solomon has five children and his goal is to have all his children complete...

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