A simply elegant clutch created by Ugandan women in a chic pattern of raffia and cotton. The interior is a straw boning woven from palm leaves by this women's group in Northern Uganda.
It measures 12 1/2" long by 7 1/4 tall and has a snap closure and interior pocket. It is trimmed with pewter beads.
The women are part of the Akola Project, a non-profit in Uganda using fair trade principles to train women there. See the "Artistan Story" tab for more information about their work.
The Akola Project trains 180 women in Uganda to make crafts. Every woman is paid up to $30 a month, provided full medical care, education and food for their families. Since each woman cares for up to 10 people, the total impact of Akola's work is 1800 people.
The project is currently constructing two vocational centers to serv women in Eastern and Northern Uganda. The project trains women in sellable crafts, village savings and loans, malaria and HIV prevention, sanitation practices, agriculture and health.
Jewelry sales allow th Akola Project to form new women's cooperatives throughout Uganda. Additional profits and donations go towards drilling clean water wells. To date, the project has drilled 20 wells.