Atimango Brenda Ruth lost her father when she was 5 at the hands of the Rebels during the 20-year war in Northern Uganda, leaving Brenda and her Mom to return to the house of her Grandparents. When the Rebels found them there too, they ordered Brenda’s Grandmother to kill her Grandfather, but when they sent her to get the weapon, she escaped. After the death of her Grandfather, Brenda’s Mother had no choice but to remarry. Her new husband gave her HIV, and she died shortly after, leaving Brenda all alone. Brenda was digging on a farm and collecting firewood and maize to sell when we found her. Today, she has graduated not only from Secondary School, but also from a Vocational School where she learned how to make beautiful crafts like these bags. Supported by EDGE (Empowering Dignity in Girls Everywhere), Brenda is looking to not only become self-sufficient, but to teach other girls and women how to make these bags in an effort to help empower them as well. 1% of your purchase will go towards supporting women through Microfinance all over the world, the rest will go to Brenda; her materials and her livelihood. Won’t you consider joining her family?
EDGE aims to support the healing and empowerment of girls and women in Northern Uganda, all of whom have directly been affected by war, by providing them with their basic human rights: a formal education, a safe place to live, their basic necessities, medical attention, and the ongoing psycho-social support they need and deserve, so that they can have the resources and opportunity to develop their own projects designed to empower others.