1000 Shillings works with six women in the Namatala slum of Mbale, Uganda, to help them bring their paper-bead jewelry to the international market. The company is named for the amount of Ugandan shillings that the average woman in the Namatala slum lives on per day—approximately $0.40 in US dollars. Handmade out of beautiful teal paper beads, the Ado necklace is simple and charming enough to be worn every day, and the proceeds help the women in Namatala work towards their ultimate goal of becoming standalone small business owners.
Limited-edition piece. Brass hook closure. Approximately 8” long. Due to the handmade nature of this product, color, shape, and size may vary slightly.
In addition to supporting artisans in Uganda, sales from this product also help to support African Lookbook’s oral history project. To learn more about the stories and people behind African Lookbook, check out our blog.