Fair trade organizations create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers. They place the interests of the producers and their communities as their primary concern. - Fair Trade Federation
Acting as a fair trade enterprise, Circle of Hands Uganda is able to help women like Safina develop into successful businesswomen and support their families.
This basket is made by Safina Nakanwagi,
a forty-one year old HIV positive widow. You can read her story below.
Join our Circle with our new Empower Pack Program:
Last month Mary Riley, of Lincoln, Nebraska became our first Empower Pack Partner!
Mary heard about Circle of Hands Uganda and wanted to get involved. She ordered an Empower Pack and set up a beautiful display at her church’s annual craft fair.
The event was an enormous success! With the help of a few friends, Mary was able to sell $400 worth of products. This success enabled Mary to make a donation to her church. Mary enjoyed the event so much she’s interested in doing the same thing again next year!
Safina's joyful spirit and infectious smile disguise her painful past. In 2004 her husband died of AIDS and she was left to care for their 5 children. Being uneducated, Safina could only gain employment at the stone quarries - a dangerous and unhealthy work.
Two years ago Safina’s life changed. She joined the Namugongo Good Samaritan Project (NGSP), our partner initiative. Safina's feelings of isolation are gone. She now rejoices confidently in her new role as a business woman.
Safina's goals for her life are like ours: to be surrounded by family and to ensure that her children have a good life. Her outlook has changed dramatically. 100% dedicated to bead-making, she wants you to know from her heart:
"I love you very much. I reach out to say thank you for buying."
We are an importer of fair trade recycled paper-beaded jewelry and sustainable accessories handcrafted by impoverished Ugandan widows. We partner with a self-sustaining Ugandan initiative dedicated to health education, HIV/AIDS counseling & entrepreneurship training.