Providing Diapers for Babies in Uganda

This April 1st through June 30th, Trades of Hope is helping mamas in Uganda find real solutions to their unique challenges by providing Diaper Kits to mamas like Theo.

Working Mama

Theo steadies her hand to thread another bright blue bead. Usually a simple task for this skilled artisan, she grins at her current challenge. Someone is tugging on the other end of her strand of beads, almost spilling them to the ground. She tugs back on her end of the thread to regain control, but her challenger won’t budge. She is no match for her ruffled pink competitor.

Theo is grateful for this challenging moment. Before she joined her local artisan community in Uganda, health issues and financial struggles overwhelmed her with negative thoughts and discouragement, especially about her future. As an artisan, Theo is able to bring her sweet baby girl to work with her. Sometimes it’s a challenge to thread beads with one arm full of curious bubbling energy. Other times, Theo and her fellow artisan mamas can peacefully work with their babies quietly snuggled against their backs.

Theo - Trades of Hope Artisan in Uganda

But the challenge is worth it. She knows that her work as an artisan will provide her and her baby with a better future. Theo’s ability to provide food, shelter, clothing, and education gives her hope that her baby will have more opportunities when she grows up than most Ugandan children. She is more hopeful for her own future too. Many of her daily challenges are eased by the benefits she receives as a Trades of Hope artisan, including the close community and meaningful friendships she has gained through her local artisan group.

Mamas Helping Mamas

Theo creates beautiful jewelry each day that is sold by Trades of Hope Compassionate Entrepreneurs. Compassionate Entrepreneurs are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends who want to make a difference in the lives of women and families in need.

Compassionate Entrepreneurs help artisans like Theo by sharing their stories and selling their handcrafted products…

and they help… their own families as they earn income from the jewelry they sell…

and they help… rescue women out of sex trafficking in Asia…

and they help… keep children with their families in Haiti…

and they help… save refugees in Uganda from homelessness…

and they help… with many other meaningful missions across the world!

How Trades of Hope Compassionate Entrepreneurs are Helping Mamas in Uganda

Trades of Hope Compassionate Entrepreneurs will soon be helping mamas in need in Theo’s community. Mamas in Uganda will soon receive Diaper Kits purchased through Gifts of Hope, an outreach program of Trades of Hope.

Gifts of Hope is an important link in the chain of empowering women out of poverty. It is the vehicle through which we give back through a percentage of our product sales. Throughout the year, Trades of Hope gives donations to organizations with a specific vision in mind: fighting for justice for women around the world. That is why, in addition to the work we are doing by creating sustainable businesses, we choose to use Gifts of Hope to contribute to the efforts of others.

Many mamas in Uganda become overwhelmed by the mountains of laundry and unsanitary conditions that makeshift diapers create. Without clean Diaper Kits, many of their babies have nothing to wear, leaving them exposed to infection. In a country where almost 20% of infant deaths are caused by sepsis, a sanitary Diaper Kit can mean the difference between life and death for a newborn in Uganda.1

How Gifts of Hope is Helping Mamas

In 2019, Gifts of Hope is offering a way for you to become directly involved in helping mamas in Uganda like Theo. Every time someone becomes a Compassionate Entrepreneur between April 1 and June 30th, Gifts of Hope will donate a Diaper Kit to a mama in need. (For full details, CLICK HERE.)

Each Diaper Kit provides a mama in Uganda with one cloth cover and two quick-drying cloth diaper inserts. Made by local women, these diapers will provide even more income opportunities for mamas like Theo!

About Mercy for Mamas

Mercy for Mamas began in 2010 as a small personal project for Melissa Busby and her family. Melissa and her husband, Cody, were in the midst of adopting their youngest daughter Mercy from Uganda. Mercy became an orphan after her mother died during childbirth in a remote village.

“Mercy became an orphan after her mother died during childbirth in a remote village.”

When Melissa heard her story, she decided she needed to do some research and find out how often this happened. She was shocked as she learned about the maternal health crisis in Uganda. Her heart broke to hear of so many women dying in situations that often could have been prevented. We now have ministry partners working all over Uganda. We have distributed 30,000+ mama kits to women in need.2

About Trades of Hope

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope was started to give women that opportunity for a better life.

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope was started to give women that opportunity for a better life.

Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope’s help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!

Trades of Hope works with artisans and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war-torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy.

These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them. Trades of Hope is helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so every woman can put food on their table, a roof over their heads, and provide medical care and education for her children.

Trades of Hope is partnering to provide diapers for babies in Uganda.

You can partner to provide diapers for babies in Uganda.

1“Maternal and Newborn Health Disparities.” UNICEF, UNICEF/UNI87744/Noorani, 2015, data.unicef.org/wp-content/uploads/country_profiles/Uganda/country%20profile_UGA.pdf

2“How We Started.” Mercy for Mamas, Strive Interactive, 2017, mercyformamas.com/how-we-started/.

Kathy Thomas
About Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communication Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan Development.

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