Salt Lake City, UT Flea Market Supports the Empowerment Project: The Women and Children of Kaberamaido, Uganda

April 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm 3 comments

The Empowerment Project in partnership with Trivani Foundation is helping the women of Northern Uganda fight the hard fight – living as displaced people in their own country, removed from their lands by war and disease.  Many of these women are widows and they number in the thousands.  The men died primarily as a result of civil wars, with severe poverty and disease taking many more lives.  The women remain with the children – many children – and the weight of daily life which is increased by medical bills, school feels, the cost of food and the struggle for shelter.

Photo by Sam D'Cruz

The Empowerment Project is matching the strength and ingenuity of the women by distributing paper-bead necklaces made by the women for sale in the United States.  These lovely bead necklaces are the result of vocational training provided by the Empowerment Project and Trivani Foundation, which cultivated in these women the skills needed to make thousands of necklaces in fabulous colors and styles. 

 All proceeds from the sale of the necklaces supports the women and children of Kaberamaido in Northern Uganda.  So far, the impact of these sales has been profound.  Women are now able to support their children, take in additional children when other women fall ill and invest in their futures through creating savings accounts and starting small enterprises such as butcheries and beer breweries.

This coming Sunday at Kilby Court (details below) in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Empowerment Project will be selling hundreds of necklaces handmade by the women of Kabermaido, Uganda.  The women selling necklaces at the booth are invested in the well-being and empowerment of the widows in Uganda – I’m one of them!  We will be on hand to share updates about the programs supported by the Empowerment Project and Trivani Foundation.  Please come down and join us!  Bring some cash and do your birthday, holiday and mother’s day shopping while supporting a fabulous community in Northern Uganda. 

The Salty Streets Flea Market at Kilby Court will be held from 12p-6p on Sunday May 2nd.  Kilby Court is located at 741 South Kilby Court (330 West)  Click this Link for the Facebook Event page to see the line-up for the Flea Market – from food and crafts to live music and a photo booth.

Hope to see you there!



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carol Ford  |  April 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations!! How fantastic to be able to buy beautiful jewelery with special meaning and help our fellow women at the same time Awesome!!!!

    We would love to be able to buy these down here in New Zealand is there any way this could be possible?

    • 2. Rai Farrelly  |  April 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

      Hi – I replied to your email. If you don’t get it, you can contact Megan McMillan at Megan is the ED of Trivani Foundation and the founder of Empowerment Project. She can work with you to get some necklaces to NZ. Maybe there is a shop or group that would like to buy a small bulk to increase the impact! Thanks so much for your interest!

  • 3. Linda G. Cox  |  May 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I went to the corporate office a few weeks ago while I was visiting from Alaska and Bob Steed gave me one of these necklaces! It is a amazing that these necklaces are handmade, they are so beautiful!!


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