David Elungat and Lucy Laker, Craft for Empowerment Project

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“If I knew how to make crafts I would even make them after chores and before going to bed. I would hang them on my verandah and people would see. We women of South Sudan love jewelries and I am sure I would get into the market with my products. The problem is I don’t have the skills to start.” This is the story of Judith; a nineteen year old South Sudanese refugee who was forced to get married at the age of fifteen and now lives as a single mother since her husband was killed in the 2013 Sudan conflict.

Located up in the northwest corner of Uganda is Adjumani, a place where 108,418 South Sudanese refugees call home. Of these, 58% are women with no consistent source of income, mainly contributed to a lack of employment skills. David Elungat and Lucy Laker have identified this as a major concern and thus developed the Craft for Empowerment Project where forty-five refugee widows and child mothers will acquire skills in business, jewelry making and paper beads. With a seed grant, each group will be provided with record books to record products and sales. The project goes on to address financial literacy through a savings and loans group, with the hope of the women being able to start their own business.

“My passion is to reach out to the suffering and act. I never underestimate the power of small contributions in changing lives and bringing total healing and transformation.”

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