Meet The Artisans

I am very proud of my work.
When she bought a sewing machine, Okello Christine’s life slowly began to change. After fleeing violence in the North, completing a course, and setting up her workspace, she began to work as a tailor making elaborate dresses for her neighbors and tote bags for Project Have Hope. Her work gives her money for necessities, but this is only the beginning – Okello Christine plans to diversify her business and open a tailoring school to teach others her trade.

I aspire to be a role model for my younger sister.
Ayat Jackie is not only a talented artisan – she’s also a savvy businesswoman. After six years in a displaced persons camp, she used the income from making paper bead jewelry and a loan from Project Have Hope to graduate from school and open her own salon. She continues to design jewelry, exercising her entrepreneurial skills to create pieces that will succeed in a competitive market. Ayat Jackie takes great pride in her accomplishments, and she aspires to give back to her community by caring for family members and orphans.

I am now able to stand on my own.
In addition to making paper beads, Akot Josephine also designs necklaces – she’s the artistic mind behind our popular Kampala Sunrise necklace. She enjoys the creativity and learning opportunity that design work offers, not to mention the amazement of knowing that people wear the jewelry she creates! An escaped abductee from the Northern Uganda conflict, Akot Josephine uses her income to pursue her dream of supporting her three children through the highest level of education.

My family no longer sleeps hungry.
Patrick began his career as an artisan by making beads, but his work has expanded in new directions. Now, he makes colorful paper bowls, trays, and pots, each piece intricately crafted throughout a four-hour process. Patrick is motivated by his family’s past and future – although he could not afford to attend school as a child, his work funds his children’s school fees, and he dreams of seeing them complete their education.

I am an example for others to get better.
Ayoo Jennifer is HIV positive, and she’s also happy, healthy, and a role model. Her smart and diverse investments – ranging from selling paper beads to buying a motorcycle taxi to farming sesame seeds – give her financial security. Although she used to beg for money, her work now pays for her medication and provides a safety net for her family. Amidst plans to expand her business, Ayoo Jennifer still finds time to counsel other HIV positive individuals about leading healthy lives.