Upcycled jewelry – a collaboration between Mirjam in Malmö and the Human Rights Organization Dandelion Africa. The jewelry is made out of recycled materials, such as bottle caps, fabric scraps from the local seamstress, cardboard and plastic bottles. Each piece is unique and 100% of the profits will go to the Katorongot Support Group.
CRAFTING FOR CHANGE
Katorongot Support Group is a group of ladies from the Turkana tribe all living HIV positive. I recently started a project with them through the organisation Dandelion Africa to help them create a sustainable, income-generating activity, which keeps them from being on the streets and consuming alcohol. Through this project I wish to help them help themselves by providing know-how about creating jewelry, education about entrepreneurship and keeping a regular time and work schedule.
CHANGE FROM THE FIRST SESSION
In the beginning, I was sitting in front of many empty chairs. Currently we have held 11 sessions and the entire organisation of Dandelion Africa is talking about the transformation these ladies have gone through. 90% of them are now always on time, they bring ideas to the table, are super motivated and found a niche of specialisation in the area they are good in. The ice is broken, we laugh, dance, sing and use our hands to communicate. Some entrepreneurship modules, I teach with a translator, so they are all 100% updated to what is going on in the budget plan, the divide of profits and cost of materials.
100% of the profits made will go directly to the women. By selling the jewelry, women in marginalised areas can get financially included, open bank accounts and learn about entrepreneurship.