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Craftsmen Profiles: Stella

Lizzie Wirgau

Who: StellaWhere: Gulu, Uganda With: Blue Door (Women of Hope Art and Craft Project)

In the Gulu district of northern Uganda, a small group of women gather to make beads. In November of 2011, Support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Organization (SOVCO) began a community bead making project called Blue Door. Blue Door trains women in a craft, gives them an opportunity to better support their families, and provides them with godly fellowship. Extra income helps women provide their families with necessities like education, health, and clothing.

Craftsmen - Lamunu Stella
Craftsmen - Lamunu Stella

I would like you to meet Stella. She is chairperson for the Blue Door Project, and so grateful for the extra income that she receives through bead making. At 45 years old, she a mother of five children and the caretaker of two orphans. Despite their difficult financial situation, Stella and her husband, Banya John Kenedy, use what resources they have to help others in need. They are peasant farmers, and bead making gives their family another source of income. Stella has been with the Blue Door project since it started in 2011. She explains that the women of Blue Door “are still struggling to be the most wonderful beads makers to compete with other beads makers.” They strive for quality in their work, and it is clearly apparent in their jewelry. In addition to her craft, Stella enjoys praying, volunteering, and sharing ideas with others. God has provided a source of income for this compassionate lady in a wonderful, uplifting environment. Her heart is full of God’s joy as she embraces the opportunities He has given her through Blue Door.

When you buy the gorgeous peachy beaded CARDONE Blush Bracelet and Blush Necklace, you  support the women of Blue Door. This product was partially funded by CARDONE Industries who re-manufactures auto parts to make them look and perform as if they were new, similar to how this bracelet was made from recycled pieces of paper. By purchasing these products, you provide women like Stella with a source of sustainable income.

Come back to the Market Colors blog in the future to read about more craftsmen who are impacted by your purchases!