Maria Abenakyo lives in Mukono, Uganda, with her husband and 3 children: Laurie, Nathan, and Matthew.
She studied Art and Design at Makerere University in Uganda with financial help from Hope Institute. Maria was raised by her sister after losing her parents at age 8. She wants to help other mothers become self-sufficient by teaching them to create and sell handcrafted items.
“In 2008 l had the good news about Jinja Jewelry, the making of beads which l embraced with great vigor. I was able to complete my degree in Education Art and Design with Kyambogo University and partly cater for my welfare and that of my children. (2 sons) l greatly appreciate the work of Jinja Jewelry in all their endeavors to move and improve lives. Great regards go out to all volunteers.”
She says, “Beadmaking helped me to finish paying my school fees and to pay for my son’s fees. Now I am working on opening my own small business. Please pray for my business to expand.”
Maria says, “Going to church has healed me a lot. I have learned to think positively. Life has been so hard but God provides just in time. My husband has become stronger in his faith because he sees God providing and he’s learned to pray. We are so grateful for the volunteers who sacrifice their time to sell the beads. I pray for their families and the people who buy.”
I am Anyango Pascalial. I thank you for the work you do for me. This work on necklaces has helped me a lot. I can pay school fees for my children. I can buy at home food. It also keeps me busy at home instead of sitting idle.
May God bless you all.
Thank you a lot for supporting us by buying our beads. The sales have really helped me in various ways. I have built a house. I can pay for school for my children. Your support helps me meet the daily needs in my house. It is our prayer that the market will widen in order to meet the unmet needs in our community. I thank God for the opportunity to tell you my story.
With love, Mary
My name is Rachel Naigino
Before I began making beads I could not raise my full school fees. But out of the income from the bead sales I have been able to complete my ordinary level of education and have acquired my ordinary level certificate. So if the opportunity to sell continues I hope to save and then pursue a profession in teaching at college.
My name is Wilson Nakeba
Right from the date that I started making beads, my life has changed financially, socially, and spiritually. I have managed to complete my diploma in business studies which looked impossible before. Indeed, I thank God for this project. Beading has brought Hope to my life!
Many greetings from Jinja. My name is Rose Manasseh. I stay in Jinja town, Uganda. Am married to Pastor Manasseh A. Masiza. God has blessed us with 5 children, four daughters and a son. God is taking care of our needs through various ways. Beads making and selling through Jinja Jewelry is of great support to our family needs. We are enabled to pay fees for our children right from Primary to secondary school. Our two university students, are able to get their basic needs to be at school. We always pray for you that God will open a bigger market for you to sell our products. Thank you for this volunteer work you do for us.
I had no job before, but through bead making, I have managed to support our family financially, hence leading to a good standard of living. However, I am planning to open up my own art gallery in future and to go back for further studies. I do pray for the market to be wide while thinking of making other things out of paper beads. With God everything is possible.
All blessing are yours. Juliet Atto.