Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program

Ndoto Project’s New Ambassador Program
These ladies are the core of our Namuwongo co-op: Peace, who makes jewelry; and Mary and Agnes, who are the lead seamstresses. They LOVE their Ndoto Collection tees, because they know they are part of a team. They know they are using their skills, and learning new skills, that will help them pull their families out of the slums and out of grinding poverty. That's what the Ndoto Project is all about: helping widows in poverty in Uganda to help themse...

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 ...

My February trip is right around the corner!

I'm leaving in 5 weeks! I can't believe it. Since we only went to Uganda once in 2012, it has been so LONG since I've been there (we went in May) and I'm so anxious and grateful to get be getting back. So what's on the agenda this trip? It's going to be a whirlwind! Since I'm going by myself for the first time, I shortened the trip by a week, giving me 2 weeks on the ground. That's not a lot of time, especially when getting around takes so much time. I'm o