Magazine – Focus areas

Training and work 2018-06

April 2018 – Social Jewels: for women and with women

At Talent Garden Calabiana in Milan, where our offices have been located for a few months now, to mark International Women’s Day we gave all female workers necklaces made by women from the slums of Kireka and Kitintale, who we support with the “Social Jewels” project. In fact, lots of businesses work at the Talent Garden space. An intriguing gift that highlighted the work we do for the poorest women in the outskirts of Kampala. An original and unexpected gift for young women more familiar with apps, the internet and websites than African crafts that proved surprisingly successful in terms of the generosity they showed. Indeed, it was thanks to the donations we received in Milan that we were able to purchase cutting machines which will enable the women of Kireka and Kitintale to work more quickly and safely. In fact, the necklaces, bracelets and rosary beads, but also the Christmas decorations that we commission as gifts for our donors, are made from paper beads, produced from strips of paper that are rolled up and waxed. Riccardo Mariani and Samuel Okema took it upon themselves to deliver the machines personally: from the looks and the smiles of the women from the slums it was clear that they were sincerely grateful to receive this simple instrument that will speed up their work and therefore make it more profitable. For the women of Kireka and Kitintale this activity is important for both their economic development and independence.