Discovering the New

WOW is ever in a state of change looking for new ideas, new skills to learn, new products to sell, going from one way of doing things to another. New people come in out our doors; new relationships are developed, new points of veiw expressed. Challenges come in choosing between old and new.

In recent weeks, Ugandans voted in a new mayor for their capital, Kampala, but chose to go with the “old” by re-electing the  president of the country. City streets were heavily patroled by both police and soldiers while tensions raged whether to keep old or choose new.

While WOW continues to rely on our “old” mainstay paper beads for income, we are developing new avenues of income generation.

We are trying new styles of handbags…

"Lucy" models the handbag she has sewn. It is made from kikoyi material, a hand-loomed fabric of Uganda.

Tablecloths from WOW tie and dye….

and new kinds of jewelry like these hooped earrings, necklace and bracelet made with small glass beads.

"J" wears a new WOW earring style made of tiny beads on a twisted wire hoop.

This lady patiently strung twelve strands of tiny beads to create her attractive necklace...

....she's also made this bracelet from the same tiny glass beads.

One of my favorite excuses for visiting a home is when a mother has given birth. Here’s our latest addition to the Growing Tree family…

Precious baby girl Shamla at 5 weeks.

Through such visits I discovered that it is common to bathe the infants in a homemade concoction of brewed leaves. Mothers claim these baths fortify the health of their babies. In our “newest” learning endeavorWOW is experimenting with soap-making and incorporating such herbs into the recipe.

Many hands get the job done quicker . . . preparing herbs for soap-making.

New things capture our interest and curiosity. We desire them to enhance our well-being and self-esteem … but none of the things, old or new, the world has to offer can compare with what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he wrote:

“Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!”      Ezekiel 18:31

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About womenofworthinuganda

Established in Kmpala, Uganda, Women or Worth (WOW) networks women in urban poor communities to develop skills they can use to enhance their home life or to generate needed income. In the process supportive friendships, hope and faith are planted and nurtured.
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6 Responses to Discovering the New

  1. The new jewelry designs are really wonderful!! Can’t wait to see them in person!! And I love the tye-dye and the purses. Nicely done. That baby is too precious!!

    By the way, has the box of wedding jewelry arrived yet?

  2. debbie hill says:

    Thanks for the update, hope you are doing well. Thanks for being an obedient servant!Especially like what you wrote “New things capture our interest and curiosity…but none of the things, old or new, the world has to offer can compare with what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he wrote, ‘Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.’ And on that note….those tie-dye tablecloths are cool!

    • No wedding jewelry yet. All mail between Uganda and USA was suspended for the first couple months of the ear. That ban has now been lifted but the back-up has delayed all mail quite a bit. I’m eager to touch, let dangle and spin in the light some of your creations that I only see on your blog. You’ll be the first to know when they come. Thanks so much Cate!

  3. Just checking in–have you gotten my email messages?

    Cate

  4. By the way, I love the new hand bag designs!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Cate thank you giving comments. I owe you a new post for all your encouragement!
    By the way the jewelry you picture on your HeartOnMySleeve blog that you will be selling at Fenton St Market this Saturday are gorgeous. I wish I could be there to see all the pieces.

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