Sneaky peek at out new patch pocket organic tees

Everyone loves pockets right!?

Well, we do. Especially if they are made from our favorite, colourful African/Holladais wax fabrics.

Our super stylish organic, african cotton tees with patch pockets will be in our shop by Monday – there a great way to keep it keep it simple but add a splash pf colour that might tempt the sun to shine here in the UK!

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Organic tees with extra jazz!

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We even have some for grown ups! (this is Steve being a grown up)

 

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African businesses shortlisted for Ethical Fashion awards this years…

As we have already mentioned (YES!) we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a SOURCE Award.

They are Global Awards for Sustainable Fashion, recognising excellence in fashion and sustainability in 12 categories, from every part of the fashion industry supply chain and all over the world.

We are over the moon to have made it this far but we’ve just been reading this article by the African Fashion Guide (who have also been shortlisted) and we are even more thrilled to see how many African businesses have been shortlisted this year.

Congratulations to everyone!

A curious Elephant wants to say hello

There are somedays when I am just overjoyed by silliness and love for the things I do!

Our first baby Elephants are ready to find a new home but this mum wants to check you out first!

This awesome animation was made for us by Charlie Woolock, age 13 – a curious awamu elephant wants to check you out to see if you are friendly…this promises to be the first of a series of animations to help you get to know our elephants in depth 🙂

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Free postage for our neighbours in N16

oli otya? I’ve come all the way from Uganda to show some neighbourly love to all the residents of N16 – we’re offering free postage on all orders from our on-line shop.

If you live in N16 simply use the code ‘N16FREEPOST’ when you reach the check out of our shop.

If the delivery address is in  N16 (Stoke Newington) we won’t charge you postage and will deliver your order for free.

We hope you enjoy all the beautiful clothes, toys and accessories handmade for you by our women’s groups  in Kampala. And as we use all the our profit to support orphaned and vulnerable children in the slums of Kampala – you can feel doubly good about your purchase.

Enjoy,

Mara the giraffe on behalf of my friends at awamu

x

Meet Jaliya & ‘Ja-Ja’ Regina

This makes us immensely happy – meet Jaliya’s and ‘jaja’ Regina

Tom’s dream of going to school has finally come true..

Tom Salutes you!

This March we were able to help 26 more children to enroll in primary school because of your support – the money you help us raise though sales, donations and events is transforming the lives of children like Tom in Kampala.

This is a film from Tom and Teopista – Tom is now 7 years old and was ecstatic when he found out his dream of enrolling in school would finally come true. Please watch so they can tell you for themselves.

Tom’s father abandoned him with his Step mum when he was just over a year old.  She did not not care for him properly and he became severely malnourished and seriously ill.

When Teopista (his Aunty) heard how he was being treated she went to fetch him, She got him the medical attention he needed and became his permanent guardian.

They live together in one tiny room and Teopista ran a small roadside business – she would sell sweets and cakes  she would make around 2,000 Ugandan shillings (0.55p) which they used to buy food for that day – until last year when the Ugandan government banned roadside traders and life became even more of a struggle.

Luckily, the situation was bought to the attention of the women’s group we work with in Bwaise and now, with your help, Tom has just completed his first term in school –  he has a new uniform, shoes, school books and gets at least one meal a day at school.

The women in the groups we work with walk the streets of the slums seeking out children and adults in dire need of their help.

Their support often means the difference the difference between life and death in areas with little or no social services or protection.

Whether it is education grants or skills training that helps guardians earn an income. Every penny we raise through sales and donation goes towards project that are making life better for kids like Tom.

Weebale Nnyo!

(Which means ‘Thank you very much’ Luganda – the main language spoken in Kampala)

Your opinion please – what shall we make for you next?

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Sarah experimenting with new dress designs

We’re currently pulling together ideas, designs and patterns to discuss with for Sarah and team in Kampala.

We know you want more animals, dresses and giraffe babygrows (we have a waiting list!) but what else would you like us to make for you?

Let us know what you think…there are only a few boundaries…

  • We mostly make for babies and children though we can be convinced to a few special items for grown ups
  • It must be made with minimum waste
  • It must be easy to transport from Kampala to the UK (i.e. not breakable or squashable or too bulky) 

I’ll be blogging from Kampala so you never know, you may even be able to see your suggestions go into production live!