Thanks to a fortuitous visit to the Papula Paper shop on the Equator in Uganda at the end of an NCP trip to Sudan, we now offer their products for sale! Papula is a women-owned and run Fair Trade organization making paper products from organic materials and waste paper. Plus, the shop employs disabled persons, single mothers, widows, and people with HIV as craft persons in a society where there are very few opportunities and even less assistance for such folks.
The products themselves are made from natural materials such as banana bark, elephant grass and pineapple leaves, as well as from waste paper. The cards and albums are decorated with traditional African images. Great as gifts or for one's own use!
And the prices are right!
Greeting or Christmas cards (with envelopes): $2 each or 10 for $17.50
Jewelry (click images of jewelry to see larger versions):
Order now by contacting NCP at firstname.lastname@example.org or or 888-800-2985. Include specific items requested, quantity and shipping address. Consignment orders welcomed! (Shipping costs in addition to price of products.)
With an average income of around $300 per person per year, Uganda is one of the poorest countries in a poor region. And throughout this part of Africa, women find it even more difficult to earn income due to gender bias. Ironically, women often make the best use of any money available, as they are primary caregivers for children.
Join us in our efforts to give Ugandan women a decent chance for a decent life! All proceeds beyond payments to Papula go to NCP's Give a Girl a Chance fund.
To learn more about Papula, visit their website.
Photos by David Radcliff