Omiyo means "Give" in the Acholi language of our Ugandan artisans, and giving is why we exist:
Bringing Hope to women
In Uganda, everything seems to start under a mango tree. And that's where you will find this group of ten women making paper beads. They call themselves RwotOmiyo, which means "God Provides" in the Acholi language. Having grown up during a 20-year civil war which took the lives of many of their contemporaries, and an epidemic of HIV/Aids, these women are survivors. After years spent in displaced persons camps, they are ready to re-build their lives. They are eager to see their children get the education they missed out on because of the war. Most of them are raising orphaned children besides their own. They deal with special needs among their children: blindness, sickle cell anemia, mental illness. Schooling costs money, and jobs are scarce: in their region, unemployment is about 70%. They meet under the mango tree in hopes of starting a business together that will help them solve the problems they encounter. They are not asking for charity. They ask that you will look at the beautiful jewelry they create, and make a purchase. Share the word with friends about how buying from businesses like Omiyo, you can help to end extreme poverty in our world!
Learn more about our Ugandan & Nicaraguan artisans: strong, gracious women who work hard for the future of their families.
Click Here to see Artisan Susan making a paper bead!
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