Standing in the middle of a
poor village in rural Uganda, surrounded by confronting hardship, poverty, illness and a distinct lack of hope. It’s the last place I expected to find inspiration. But yet there it was. Right there on the smiling face of a woman named Nangobi Unia.To the outside world she had little to smile about. As the mother of seven children, she fought a daily battle to feed and clothe her family. Education was a luxury. In the dirt at the front of the mud hut she calls home sat her sister, nursing her baby as it struggled to survive a fight with malaria. Everything about the situation felt hopeless, yet Unia was full of hope and pride.Her strength came, in part, from the sense of empowerment she had recently gained from learning how to make beaded jewellery with recycled paper. The potential impact was huge. Unia could generate income to help feed her family.In a rush of excitement, the women I was travelling with and I bought every handmade necklace she had. Five in total. She was thrilled because she had income. We were thrilled because we could help and support her.But that one purchase felt so small. For the next few days I kept thinking “Imagine the impact if we could have bought 20 necklaces each.” I knew many women who would love to purchase a piece of jewellery that looked great and helped support another woman in the process. And there it was – the inspiration behind Style Your Soul. Our ethos is w
omen empowering other women, one purchase at a time.
Like many of you, I love the idea of buying largely sustainable and socially responsible products. But it’s the ability to give back as part of that process that really excites me. I’ve made a commitment from the outset that Style Your Soul will donate a percentage of the profits from each sale to The Hunger Project’s work in Uganda. The Hunger Project is an international charity working to end the cycle of poverty through the use of sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies. Unia gained her bead making skills through a training and education program run by The Hunger Project. Our hope is that even more women can gain access to training and education through the donations made possible by your purchases.
We have three packs worth $100 each to giveaway. To enter simply leave a comment. (Comments erased, competition now closed)
By Patrice 2014