Meet the Artisans
The Dignity Collection
Alice is a mom to 2 boys and 2 girls and has been a widow for over 20 years. Since joining the jewelry project, her life has greatly improved because of the wages she earns. She’s been able to send all her kids to school & can also afford to pay rent on a small home.
Alice has had a hard life. Her husband passed away in 2002, which left her as a single mom of 4. She has also buried one of her children and has lived a majority of her life-fighting HIV. Despite these hardships, Alice has always been an overcomer.
Ayaa has 5 children and relocated her family to Kampala because of war. She’s one of the most selfless and hard-working women we know & she hopes to return to her village one day so that her children can be reunited with their relatives.
With the help of her mother, Christine relocated to Kampala to escape the tragedies of war in Northern Uganda. Shortly after they arrived, her mom passed away, leaving Christine to fend for herself. In order to survive Christine turned to prostitution & became pregnant with her first child at 15. Although life hasn’t always been easy, Christine is now a proud mom to 5 children & uses her earnings to provide a safe refuge for her family & 3 nephews.
Florence is very shy & timid, but she has a smile that can light up a room. Despite an unstable marriage, she’s been able to use her wages to purchase land & hopes to build a permanent home for her family in the future.
Fortunate has firecracker personality, despite all the hardships she’s faced. She is a mother of 3 but has been a widow since she was 22. Not only has she raised her girls alone, but she’s also cared for 4 of her nieces and nephews after they lost their parents to a war. We’ve never seen her frown & are constantly inspired by her light-hearted living.
Joyce moved to Kampala with her husband, Julius, to start a church for refugees. And in the process, she acquired 8 orphans, who she's raised alongside her 3 biological children. Joyce is an amazing woman and strives to live her life by serving God & people.
When the market for paper beads is slow, Josephine works at the rock quarry to make ends meet. As the primary caregiver in her home, Josephine cares for her husband, their 3 children & her 5 nieces and nephews. Thanks to the project, she has been able to cover a majority of the family’s medical expenses, including a life-saving surgery for one of her nieces, & she hopes to see all 8 of the children finish school.
Josephine is a war survivor & has had to bury one of her children, but that’s never dampened her passion for her family, her country or the world. She never had the chance to attend school as a child, but since she joined the project, she’s been able to enroll in adult education classes and loves learning about how to develop other people. She’s a great role model for her 4 children & is one of the most sincere people we know.
Lucy is a leader, a fighter, and a survivor. She grew up with 7 brothers and sisters, but she’s the only one who fled safely to Kampala and survived the war. She’s a single mother of 5 and was recently diagnosed with Stage II ovarian cancer. Despite the hardships Lucy has faced in her life, she’s always had so much joy and serves as one of our lead artisans.
Margaret is a mom of 6 and has birthed 3 sets of twins! Unfortunately, 2 of her children, from separate sets of twins, died at a young age. Margaret’s dream for her children is that they’ll be able to attend school. She also prays that God will bless the work of her hands, so that her children’s lives will be positively impacted.
Miriam is fortunate enough to own a plot of land in her home village of Gulu, but she’s afraid to return home because of war & all the tragedy that has occurred there. She didn’t go to school as a child, so Miriam is using her wages to help her 4 children & the 2 orphans she cares for receive an education. It’s her hope that an education will give them a better life & free them from the slums.