White Mix Bracelet Collection

$5.00

10 in stock

Description

White bracelet collection of 3 bracelets. Handmade by women in Lowangila Kenya.

Our founder Leah Fleming taught the women in the village Lowangila, Kenya to make beaded jewelry.

When Leah and her family moved to the small village of Lowangila Kenya in 2015 they began to realize how truly destitute the people of the village are and the Lord has burdened our hearts to help them. Leah began to question the ladies about how they got money to feed their families. What I discovered was a back breaking story.
The women rise up early to make some tea for their children before they leave for the day. Then they take a long piece of fabric and tie it around their stomachs really tight. They told Leah that if they do that, they can work all day and not get hungry. Then they walk 4 miles to get to the forest where they cut down trees. This forest is in the game reserve and they are not really supposed to cut trees down there.
After they arrive at the forest, they spend about 4 hours cutting down trees with a machete. These trees are not huge, probably only 10 to 15 feet tall. Then they spend 4 hours walking back to the village. When they arrive home, if they have food at their home, they cook a meal from scratch for their family. They have to light a wood burning fire and cook their meal with none of the modern conveniences that we use. Then they go to bed. Their bed usually consists of a couple of pieces of card board laid on the floor.
The next day that do that same routine again. And then a third day they do it again. On the fourth day they go to the forest and they take the trees they have cut down and they cut them into smaller pieces. And then on the fifth day they take those cut up trees and cover them with grass and then cover them with mud. They make small holes in the mud and light the grass inside. This burns very slowly and gets really hot and it smokes the wood and turns it into charcoal.
Then they have to go back a couple of days later and uncover the charcoal and put it in bags for selling. After bagging they typically hire a motorcycle to go to the forest and pick up their charcoal and carry it to town. The motorcycle drivers makes almost as much hauling the charcoal to town as the ladies do making it.
When all is said and done, for a weeks worth of back breaking work they make about $12. One day when Leah was outside her house she heard some ladies making a big commotion. Later when the pastors wife came to see Leah she shared that she and some of the other ladies had been to the forest to make charcoal and they had gotten caught by the forest ranger. They had chased them with AK-47’s. One lady had broken her toe running away, another dropped her machete. A big loss to her livelihood.
The next day the pastor’s wife came to greet Leah, as she often does, and at the end of their conversation she said she was going to go check on her charcoal. Leah was shocked and said “WAIT a minute. Wasn’t it just yesterday that they were chasing you with AK-47s and you are going back today?” She responded “Yes, what choice do I have?”
Those words hit hard,”what choice do I have?”. God has put it in our hearts to give them other choices. And thus began the beading project. Now we have 143 women participating. God is making a way for them to have a better life. It is my dream that one day they will never have to make charcoal again.
Buying just $12 of jewelry will feed a family for a month.

Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 8.6 × 5.4 × 1.6 in

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