The monthly rush to finish quality control and counting in time to ship out the latest order! The room looks roughly like DC after the recent snowstorm, except the snow is rainbow colored and made of paper.
We hit the ground running in Kampala. Full days of welcome parties, scouring Ugandan markets, and meeting with the co-op leadership to plan next steps. Enjoy the photos. More to come soon!
Today we’re launching our second annual Acholi Gras clearance sale! And this time there’s a twist. We’re donating 100% of the proceeds from this sale to Partners in Health for their relief efforts in Haiti.
So you get incredible discounts on last year’s line of Acholi Beads, and we’ll give 100% of what you spend to help the people suffering in the wake of Haiti’s earthquake. We’re all about the win-win.
The people of Haiti are suffering many of the same difficulties that our partners in Uganda have been through – their homes are destroyed, they’ve seen loved ones killed, and now they’re displaced without enough food, water, or shelter. We hurt with them, and we’re glad that our business has the potential to support their relief and recovery.
Shop the Acholi Gras sale here.
Acholi Beads brings you a video portrait of one of our first bead makers, Mama Esther. After being attacked twice by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Esther fled with her family to Acholi Quarters. She struggled for more than a decade to support her family, until she found Acholi Beads.
For more info, visit http://acholibeads.com
If Acholi Beads becomes as big of a success as I believe it will be, it won’t be our success. It will be the market’s success. Acholi Beads’ success is testament to our customers and retailers, their belief that business should make the world better, not worse, and their desire to share a connection with a wonderful group of women on the far side of the world.
Our success here at Acholi Beads will be when NUPECA succeeds. NUPECA is the co-operative of women that handmake every piece of Acholi Beads jewelry. We helped these women to organize and found NUPECA, and our success will be turning the market success of Acholi Beads to the benefit of these great women.
NUPECA’s success is when the women, families, and communities involved thrive. When their children have great education, their homes are rebuilt, and their communities are flourishing once again after two decades of war.
That’s how it works. Success starts with you. Let’s go there.