Reasons To Give

Christmas. It's synonymous with gifts, isn't it? In fact, it's so synonymous with gifts that we get ourselves into a panic about them, stay up all night on Thanksgiving night to shop for them, and bite our nails over whether the recipient will like them. We recently downsized. A lot. You know what we realized? We don't miss all that stuff! Now we are a lot more intentional about gifts, not just to each other, but to others. Why? We realized...

How Am I Helping?

The women of ROWAN (Rural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network) in Mawanga, Uganda, all are HIV positive. Some of these women come quite a distance by boda boda in order to learn a trade and earn a sustainable income in their very rural, poor district. Buying any of the pajama shorts (even at our current very discounted price) gives them a weekly salary and the ability to learn from our teacher/supervisor so that they can have a skill for life. The w...

Spotlight On the Namuwongo Co-op

This is Mary, the anchor of our Namuwongo co-op. Namuwongo the area of Kampala that is home to the largest slum in the country. Many of the people here moved as refugees from the conflict with the LRA and Joseph Kony in the north many years ago. They stay for many reasons: they no longer have land in their home villages; the educational opportunities are greater for their children in Kampala; they don't have the money to relocate. Mary has lived an...

Setting Up Co-Ops In a Foreign Country

Meet Robina. She is our lead seamstress in the Mawanga co-op. Do you see her machine? Did you notice that it is HAND powered?! Well, it's not anymore. After our training session in Mawanga, we went back to Kampala and immediately ordered four tables to be made to convert these ancient, heavy hand powered sewing machines to treadles. Foot power... It's what's making your pajamas! Mawanga - the whole village - doesn't have power. The lines stop seven ...