EWAMU MEANS COMMUNITY...
...in Luganda, the main native language in Kampala, Uganda. The project works with seven women’s cooperatives in different areas of Kampala, providing a UK market for their artisanal handicrafts. The cooperatives were set up by one of our partners, Kid’s Club Kampala (KCK).
KCK is a community led charity operating in a number of different areas in Kampala, Uganda. Working primarily with children, they run a variety of activities such as football, music and dance, as well as basic education and a school sponsorship programme. KCK also run a range of other projects including feeding and nutrition programs, community development and women’s initiatives.
It’s our relationship with KCK and being able to work with these women’s groups that allows us to do what we do! We buy the crafts from these women, paying them a price well above the market average in Kampala, and sell them on through shops, markets and our online store, here in the UK.
The products we sell are mostly made from natural or recycled materials, such as palm leaf purses or paper bead jewellery. 50% of the profit made from sales in the UK is then invested by KCK into capacity building measures for the women as well as covering any of the groups’ operating costs. The other 50% is invested in The Long Well Walk, helping to support water projects all over East Africa.
We make regular purchases of crafts from the women's groups at a fair price, providing them with a sustainable source of income
We then sell them in all sorts of different places here in the UK
50% of the money made from sales are reinvested into the women's groups to build capacity, boost confidence and increase skills
50% of the money made from sales goes to The Long Well Walk, helping to support water projects in East Africa
Through finding a reliable, successful, market for their products in the UK, the Ewamu project helps teach and develop practical enterprising skills, generating valuable income for the women, helping lift them out of poverty. The role of women in enterprise is one of the keys to increased development in Uganda, this is why WaterMade aims to help empower these women to continue using their natural entrepreneurial spirit. The groups also provide social support and contribute to female empowerment, challenging many of the gender barriers in their society.
MAKING PAPER BEADS
In March 2014 the WaterMade team travelled to Kampala to work with the women, developing ideas for growing their enterprise and providing capacity building items such as sewing machines to help them diversify their product range. Every month we pledge to purchase a minimum amount of crafts from the women’s groups, encouraging stability by enabling them to purchase materials in bulk quantities. Read our project report for this trip here!
VISIT OUR SHOP
"Thank You Very Much!"