Lucy & Jo with Friends
Lucy & Jo with friends is our collaboration with artists across Kenya and Uganda to create beautiful lifestyle accessories for you and thriving livelihoods for them. Combining traditional craftsmanship with modern design we serve as a channel for these talented artists to access a larger market. We know the people behind our products, regularly visit their workshops & communities and, when needed, provide support with tools, equipment or training.
Myende Kwagaalama Handicraft Association - Uganda
Sewing & Paper Beads ~ Employs 5 Women
Myende is a small island community on Lake Victoria. Located ‘next door’ to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, we first met the women of the Kwagaalama Handicraft Association in November 2015 during a visit to the sanctuary. The main source of income is fishing and the people on this island subsist on less than $1.00 a day, have no electricity or running water and face significant challenges on a daily basis.
Our short-term goal with these women was to create a simple product with their existing skills that we could order repeatedly & in meaningful quantities. What we’ve developed with them is the ‘packaging’ for our jewelry – drawstring bags sewn with bright fabrics and featuring their handmade paper beads. While we work to develop additional handcrafts, we are also helping support community development initiatives that are led by the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary as part of their community outreach work. Our first small project was providing supplies to the primary school with 150 students from kindergarten to 6th grade.