Meet Our Artisan Partners
AfriBeads are made by a group of 30 women from Kampala in Uganda called the Kind Mothers’ Project.
The Kind Mothers’ Project is a Ugandan initiative and was started in 2005 by a Ugandan woman, Lorna. She wished to help poor mothers in her area care for their children and give them the opportunity for education. Lorna started helping the women earn money by making and selling beaded jewellery at local markets.
The women artisans are paid above the market rate for their beads. The aim is for those artisans working full-time to earn an income sufficient to enable them to pay rent, buy food and educate their children.
Profits from AfriBeads are used to further support this project and the community in Uganda. The use of this money is determined in consultation with Lorna and the members of the project.
- 2010, 20 children from the Kind Mothers’ Project started school. Equipment was purchased including a computer and jewellery-making tools to assist the project.
- 2011, craft classes started for the children on the weekends.
- 2012 AfriBeads purchased sewing machines and the women began learning sewing and dress making.
- 2013 The Kind Mother’s Project also started renting a shop with a meeting room for the women to gather and do their work.
- 2015 A group of 8 Australians went with AfriBeads to visit Uganda to work alongside the women and help them develop new skills.
- 2016 Two of the Ugandan sewers are now attending sewing school, and a new collection of children’s clothes has been launched.
- 2017 New product lines created including cushion covers