This group is a sewing and training program for marginalized women established in Nairobi, Kenyon, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Liberia. Amani women are working together through faith in God who provides a peace that transcends all cultural and ethnic differences. It portrays a picture of diversity with women coming from the above countries to work together for the welfare of them all.
Amani is committed to holistic development. Women gain experience in stitching, quality control, purchasing , book keeping , management, and design. As new women enter the program, they are mentored in quality workmanship with strong emphasis on ethical business practices and harmonious relationship with people of different backgrounds.
The ultimate product of Amani are women of peace. In the face of conflict and poverty these women have regained stability and are sharing this gift of peace in her homes, communities and nations. Amani’s wide selections of high-quality handbags, home and kitchen decor, jewelry and children’s items are made out of local African materials. Innovations by Amani trainees in stitching, tie-dye and batik result in uniquely designed products.
Sunday afternoon, my friends Marilyn and Charles hosted a party where these Amani products were displayed and for sale. There were about 40 of Marilyn’s and my friends who came to shop and have a bit of tea. There were items from China, lovely embroidered bags, books made from old sari material and lovely coasters made of broken bangles and glued to wooden backs which were left over wood not needed in making prosthesis from India, with scarves and jewelry from Taiwan. In all these countries woman are marginalized in ways we Western women could never imagine. Widows are shunned when their husbands die, women are shunned if their husbands leave them, and many young woman and girls are taken into slavery for use in the sex trade. Amani YA JUU is one of the organizations fighting for Fair Trade wages for these dear woman and working for dignity and self-respect that comes with meaningful work and a living wage. Every cent spent buying the products on Sunday, will be sent to the group where they were produced for the women and growth of the programs. There are groups all over the United States who support these women through education,displays and in-home parties.
“Empowering women for a a Sustainable Livelihood in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Liberia. ”
This Is Amani YA JUU! www.amaniafrica.org