Amani YA JUU

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The Project 

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.

The Purpose

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.DSC_0022

The Product

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.Kenya 2011 012 Maggie  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.   Amani-Ya-Juu-Pic-1-950x400Every 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.381635_2770876909066_582025788_n

“Empowering women for a a Sustainable Livelihood in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Liberia. ”

This Is Amani YA JUU!    www.amaniafrica.org

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to Amani YA JUU

  1. There are some great things going on out there as well as all the conflicts we keep hearing about. More stuff like this gladdens the heart. MM 🍀

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  2. Morgan says:

    I should like to tell you how much I appreciate you through the inspiration of your blog and how Thankful I am that you touch my life. Happy Thanksgiving, Friend!

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  3. Kev says:

    Beautiful, happy pics 🙂

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  4. usaamani says:

    Reblogged this on What's New at Amani! and commented:
    Great Amani post from our friend Anne!

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