After two years of research, development, fundraising, training and construction we are thrilled to announce the official opening of the Sishemo Bead Studio in Nakatindi.
In 2018, the group of women underwent intensive training in how to make glass beads using traditional African techniques and now craft beautiful handmade jewelry.
The eight artisans are local women ranging in age from 21 to 65, the women collectively support over 40 family members of which 14 are children. Their households bring in an average of around $50 per month through informal work. In the area employment opportunities are extremely limited, particularly for women. Over half of the Sishemo members report regularly being unable to pay school fees for their children and just two of the members completed their own secondary education.
Through the Sishemo Bead enterprise, these women have chance to dramatically improve their own livelihoods as well as their families.
In 2018, the group underwent intensive training in how to make glass beads using traditional African techniques. The glass is recycled from discarded bottles from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma and the kiln is made from locally sourced bricks and termite-mound clay. The artisans painstakingly fire and shape each bead by hand, creating unique shapes, colours and designs. These beads are then used to make totally unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other bead products.
Helen a Sishemo Artisan aged stated: “I know that the Sishemo Bead Project will change my life. I hope that I can now earn enough money to buy a plot of land and build a house for me and my family. I would also like to go back to school and complete Grades 10 to 12, and make sure my six-year-old daughter and nieces are able to successfully complete their education.”