Florence Nakazibwe , Beading and Jewelry Making Initiative

Many of Uganda’s rural communities currently suffer from high rates of unemployment and poverty. Regional unemployment is especially high among women in a country where men are traditionally the primary income earners.

Florence Nakazibwe and other volunteers are empowering women in the Mukono District of Uganda to become independent income earners through the Beading and Jewelry Making Initiative. This pioneering, grassroots project is aimed at training women in the rural community of  Nakasajja-Gayaza in the art of beading and jewelry making in order to increase employment opportunities and reduce local poverty.

Twenty women will be trained in the production of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, watchbands, key chains, and bags for sale. Upon successful completion of the project, Nakazibwe plans to expand the initiative to surrounding villages in order to reach even more women.

For more information, please visit the Beading and Jewelry Making Initiative’s Facebook page.

GRANT AWARD DATE: May 18, 2015