Here, is the Garden of Eden, the Source of the Nile Gardens. I camped with my Ugandan family for 3 days here. It was great and yes, of course I swam in the Nile ( not everyone approved of it)
Cooking up a storm at the Nile. Very thankful for gas stove.
I’m still not mosquito resistant . They ate me up at the Nile, but I survived, this time without malaria. Here I am busy making pasta a la Marike.
The towel is there for protection against anyone that wants to taste the amazing food…..
Then we went and visited the community, to start our research clinic project. I realize you learn so much from asking questions to the community. My mindset change from thinking what I think will help them, to what they tell me what they need. I went out with Dr. Joseph Okia and Sam and asked about 4 different communities what their need is and what is the biggest health problem in there community.
Here I am with a local’s restaurants kitchen
talking to the women while they were preparing food.
Me and Dr. Joseph Okia walking in the
Here we are visiting a HIV counseling
group in the village in a health center.
They teaching the women about HIV,
breastfeeding and prevention.
Then we met a group of children on the way. Like always, with a happy smile they welcome us.
That is the thing about Africa. JOY and SMILES and ALWAYS HAPPY to see you.
Posted in General | Tagged Africa, Clinics, empowerment, Source of the Nile | Leave a Comment »
Can you believe this is in Uganda!!!!!!! I think this is my most favorite hotel. The five star Serena Hotel in Kampala. No I didnt stay here, but I gave them another order today of our Maisha line to put in their gift shop. Isn’t this great!
Mmmm I think I’m anyway going to stay here for the weekend, just to make sure they displayed our jewelry correct in the gift store…………
Then I met the most amazing ladies in Mengo , Kampala. They make all different types of home decor from bark cloth. This is the most unique product and the most interesting way how they do it. ALL IS RECYCLRD AND GREEN. I love it!
I met Mary Angela who is the manager of the workshop. Her mom started the business in 1985 and grew it to an international product. She won an award of the most innovating recycling product in a competition in Canada in 2011. They are fair trade registered and employ around 26 women in Kampala. I met a few of them today.
Meet Christene. She has been working for the company since 2000. As you can see a vibrant, happy, talented woman.
These beautiful products are made by these woman from bark cloth from a fig tree.
Pillow Covers Shopping Bag
Ipad Covers made from Bark Cloth
In Uganda the cloth is made from bark from a fig tree in Uganda. The name of the tree is the mutuba tree:
They harvest the bark and let it dry. There is no damage done to the tree during harvesting of the bark.
When it is dry they beat the bark until it become soft. It is a very long process and take up to 7 days to get the bark to the correct texture.
Isnt this amazing art and creative. If you want to know more about this product, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Posted in General | Leave a Comment »
I’m back in Africa!!! And it is great to be back visiting my friends, family and artists. I have been here already 4 days and realized the amazing opportunities that is here in Uganda. I am here to look for more unique and beautiful hand made jewelry and home decor. But what I enjoy the most are finding those treasures in every village. Those African Artists who love the art they doing and who do it always with such a smile. I love listening to their stories and hear where their love for this all started.
Yesterday I visited a craft market and found Agnes. She and 5 other woman make these amazing baskets.
Every basket is hand woven from dried sisal grass. I love their creativity in patterns.
I dont know much about the baskets and ladies. I just quickly met them.
Next week I will be visiting them in the workshop and tell you more about their stories and how they make it.
Let me know what you think of the baskets and which color and pattern you like.
I must say my favorite is the brown leave baskets. Very new. I have not seen that before.
Next time I will have the pictures of the ladies and more product.
Posted in General | Leave a Comment »
With the warmer weather you don’t want to heat up the house and have a heavy meal so why not make a salad. I keep getting emails to share my tasty Spinach Salad Recipe so here it is:
Put the following in a blender:
1/2 a sweet onion
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard or ground mustard
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Place the eggs into an electric kettle and cover with cold water by at least 1-inch. Turn the kettle on. Once the water comes to a boil, the kettle will turn itself off. Leave the eggs in the water for 15 minutes. Remove and peel off the shell. Slice each egg into 8 pieces and set aside.
While the eggs are cooking, fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain. Crumble the bacon and set aside.I use the prepared bag of bacon from Costco. Some other suggestions if you have on hand, to add to this salad: cranberries, sliced fresh strawberries, roast pecans or almonds.
Add the mushrooms and the sliced onion to the spinach and toss. Add the dressing and bacon and toss to combine. Divide the spinach between 4 plates or bowls and evenly divide the egg among them. Serve immediately.
Be sure to use the most durable and beautiful fair trade Teak handcarved and painted African salad servers to add to your fun and fresh summer table.
For trendy animal print these are your best choice!
These fair trade Africa Teak Wood Salad Servers compliment summer fun table.
These black and white zebra chic salad servers are striking for every event!
Posted in General | Tagged Africa, Fair Trade, Salad spoons | Leave a Comment »
How To Show Love
Heart Pocket Card
Surrounded by bad news and pressures of life we realized there was a huge need for us to change the atmosphere and provide a tool to speak positive messages in our friends lives.
Order a heart pocket card with your soapstone heart order and select which saying below you want in them:
Saying #1: Your Are Special Heart
When you are feeling down or having a bad moment in your day, hold tightly onto this one of a kind hand carved African heart stone that I hand-picked especially for you and think on these things:
You are So Special, your kind loving heart is felt by those around you and you make this world a better place, When you give a kind word, a gentle smile and a helping hand it, it impacts more than you know. No one smiles as beautiful as you, your laugh is one of a kind and is contagious! Remember those who know you love you just because You Are You! Thank you from my heart to yours.
Saying #2: Heart of Peace
We all have those moments in our lives when we feel down or stressed out. When you are feeling that way place this one of a kind African hand carved soapstone rock that I picked out especially for you and remember that you are special. Think about the best time or memory you have in your life. Remember no one smiles as beautiful as you, your laugh is one of a kind and is contagious! Remember those who know you love you just because You Are You! Gently release your grip on your heart when you feel peaceful and calm.
Saying #3: Heart of Healing
I know it is very terrible when a person is sick. When you are feeling so sick-like you would rather die! Place this hand carved African soapstone rock that I have hand-picked specially for you in the palm of your hand and hold onto it tightly. Think about a happy memory and all of those that love you. Be reminded this will pass and you will be up and at ‘em before you know it, doing all of those fun things you love to do, with the people who love you. You make this world a better place !
Click here to see the fair trade hand carved soapstone heart colors and sizes available http://www.buytwigz.com/category_s/227.htm
Enjoy making a difference!
Posted in General | Leave a Comment »
Raising my teenage boys is a real eye opener. They think we have this endless supply of money to buy them all of the things they want and they somehow are entitled to all kinds of things. I sat with my boys the other day and we discussed the difference between their rights and privileges. I explained that they have a right to food, basic clothes ,shelter ,education, and medical. Then it was a strong reminder of how fortunate we are . So many African people, when they get sick , can’t even afford the transportation to the medical clinic let alone medicine. There aren’t any food banks if you are having a hard month, and alot of children don’t have an education because there is no money for school fees. For the past 2 years we have been working with Patricia in Kenya. Patricia was devastated when her husband died 12 years ago and left her with 2 children and aged parents to care for. Patricia wakes up every morning at 5am to catch the bus to go to the city market to sell her wares. She has been able to put her children in school,take care of her parents and this year she celebrates the finishing of her home which is closer to the city. Don’t underestimate the magnitude of empowerment your purchases of Twigz handmade unique Eco-friendly home decor and beautiful jewelry makes in the lives of African artisans.
Marike is with Patricia in front of her new house
Posted in Artist | Tagged African children, artists, beautiful jewelry, eco-friendly, empowerment, handmade, home decor, trendy jewelry, Twiz | Leave a Comment »
Do you have a dream? Then write it down, speak it out and make goals of how to achieve it. I talk to people who have dreams but act as though it is impossible and they are stuck in a rut for fear of resources or failure. I have to admit I am faced with different fears also but I really don’t want to have any regrets in my life and that is why I trained in hairdressing, married my husband, had 4 children, moved to Africa started an NGO then a social justice business called Twigz, that is breaking the chains of poverty for the poor. It was all pretty risky and uncomfortable!
It is important in business to define your business so you know who is your target market. We are a business with heart and our customers feel good when they purchase our fair trade Twigz beautiful jewelry and eco-friendly trendy home decor and at the end of every sale we give our customers a romance card which reaffirms the power of their purchase. Here it is
Posted in General, Marketting Tips | Tagged beautiful jewelry, business, eco-friendly, home decor, NGO, target marget, trendy | Leave a Comment »