Tubana Bukibokolo Women’s Group
makes paper bead jewelry
The women in our villages have come together to develop new skills and opportunities, seeking ways to help themselves overcome the poverty in our community. They call themselves the Tubana Bukibokolo Women’s Group. TUBANA in our Lumasaba language means united. Lumasaba comes from our common name Masaba. In our history, Masaba is the first person to live in Mt. Elgon, the ancient volcano that we live on. In fact, the local name for Mt Elgon is Mt. Masaba.
The Women’s Group chose handcrafted paper bead jewelry as their first venture, and have been making necklaces in many lengths, styles and colors. We are offering them for sale, directly from our community, and also with the help of our friends around the world.
The members are from many different villages. Women who are interested in beads and necklace making are trained, and in turn they train others who benefit from the skills. Many of our women struggle with immense problems, but this training has already yielded positive results.
For example, among our group there is a woman who’s granddaughter is HIV/AIDS positive and has lost both parents to the disease. The savings from beadwork has greatly helped to support this child, contributing to her basic requirements like school fees and medical bills in Mbale hospital where she is currently getting intensive care.
Another member, Wakigomu, is a widow who cares for 8 young orphan children. She was first trained in Mbale and has, in turn, trained a number of women to make beads. As a result, she has managed to earn enough to pay school fees for her 4 children and sustain herself. She has trained other women voluntarily in collaboration with Hands of Action Uganda.
This project helps to eradicate poverty among our people, and is a source of income to the needy people and Orphans in rural and urban areas. Hands of Action Uganda (HOA) dearly appreciates your support to Africa.
Looking at the history of beads, our ancient ancestors used to wear beads, as an African culture we feel proud about it and keep it for our next generation.