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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Akiru Project

At this point it should be no surprise that I'm a big fan of Etsy! I love spotlighting Etsy shops every week as well as working on my own personal Etsy shop in addition to being a blogger and stay at home mom.

The other week a fabulous shop was brought to my attention that I couldn't help but share with you all! The shop is the result of the Akiru Project located in Uganda.

This small business initiative is an effort to create income for the most vulnerable women in our community, including widows, those living with HIV, disabilities, and addictions. We know that no amount of money can fix our problems, and so the heart of Akiru is to lead women into a deep relationship with Jesus. In doing so we hope to create among our women a subculture of love, self-sacrifice, honesty, loyalty, and hard work.

Where does Etsy come in? Well the Akiru women are provided with marketable skills and a living wage that gives them the hope for a hunger-free future and their products are sold through Etsy. The women create gorgeous journals complete with handmade paper from 100% recycled materials. 

These journals are absolutely stunning! 

Would you like one of these pieces of art? Good thing I have one to give away! 

Do you know someone who journals or is a writer? Keep this in mind as a Christmas gift! 
  • Profit from the sale of one large journal will...
  • -feed a family of four for one week
  • -pay rent for one month
  • -buy two laying hens
  • -pay for three doctor's visits
  • -provide school supplies and fees for one school term (elementary)
  • -buy medicine to treat three cases of malaria

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  1. Those journals are gorgeous!! Such a great way to put our money to good use - I love stuff like this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh those absolutely beautiful! we too make journals, but do not use is wonderful these underprivileged women get a sense of accomplishment through etsy and their products!

  3. I really love these....what a lovely gift they would make and for such a wonderful cause


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