One of our favorite necklaces is the Doreen necklace, which was named after the adorable Doreen herself! View more images of her necklace here: http://biggerthanbeads.storenvy.com/products/1076269-doreen-necklace
This purse is named after Hadijah: Hadijah Magola is in her fifties. She is unsure of her birthdate, which is actually quite common. She was married at age 15 and had seven children. There are six grandchildren three of which live with her as their parents have disappeared. These children attend the H.E.L.P. School. Her husband is a mechanic but is ill now. They can’t always pay the loan on their house so the money from beads will help with keeping their home. View and purchase her purse here:http://biggerthanbeads.storenvy.com/products/1105832-hadijah-purse
MEET RITAH. We named this vibrant necklace after her!: Ritah Kisakye is 25, married for three years to Edward who is a pastor. He has training as an accountant but is now selling onions in the market. He also teaches at Bethel Institute part time. Ritah just graduated in Social Work and Administration but is not yet employed. She will be doing volunteer social work for the HELP school. She looks after her HIV positive mother and is seven months pregnant with her first child. As a child her grandfather paid for her schooling until he died. Ritah’s mother paid her school fees by selling greens but since greens are only in the rainy season she was on and off again at school. Ritah made money for school herself by winning competitions by singing and dancing when she was ages 13-16. She had a white sponsor for the three years she attended the university. She has had multiple health problems since a trauma at the age of 3. She is thrilled to be expecting a baby but concerned about the birth. Ritah interprets for the women who do not speak English and is a key player in the Masese Women’s Bead Association.
Buy her necklace here: http://biggerthanbeads.storenvy.com/products/708014-ritah-necklace
Thank you to everyone who has ordered jewelry in the last couple of months! You have no idea how much it means to us! We’re very excited because we have headed back to Uganda and can’t wait to share with you more about the amazing people of Masese and of course, hope to bring you more beautiful hand crafted jewelry!
In the meantime, check out our new Rosary design on BiggerThanBeads.com and some new images of our jewelry!