UNIQUELY UGANDA – Handcrafts by A.C.T. Artisans
If you're searching for a special gift, visit Uniquely Uganda located at 503 S. Saginaw Road, Midland, Michigan. Uniquely Uganda has been in operation since November 11, 2013, and expenses are covered by a grant from Midland's St. John’s Episcopal Church. Workers volunteer their time, so ALL proceeds from sales go directly to the programs of Agape Community Transformation (A.C.T.).
A.C.T. is an ecumenical Christian organization in Uganda and the USA, witnessing to the good news of the Gospel by seeking to enhance the spiritual, physical, economic, and societal conditions in Uganda, as well as increase faith-in-action in our communities.
One of the primary programs of A.C.T. is the Muko Empowerment Program (MEP). MEP is designed to create handcraft job training and opportunities for income. Approximately 25 women of Muko Sub-county in Southwest Uganda are involved in the M.E.P. program making beautiful baskets and jewelry. A.C.T. purchases the handcrafts from these women at approximately five times what they could earn in Uganda for their wares. Additionally, there are volunteers in Midland who sew several products from African fabrics. All these handcrafts are sold in the U.S. and all money raised through these sales goes back into programs of A.C.T.
BASKETS: Beautiful hand-woven baskets that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns are available for sale. In addition to finding them useful, you’ll see they are also a work of art.
JEWELRY: The jewelry is made with beautiful beads produced by women of Uganda from magazines and other paper goods. These beads are made by cutting the paper into strips and rolling tightly. They are dyed and lacquered to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Purchasing this jewelry helps promote self-sustainability, as well as being “green."
SEWN CRAFTS: African fabrics are known for their wonderful patterns and colors. A.C.T. purchases fabrics from the Ugandan markets, then volunteers in Midland, primarily from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, use these fabrics to produce placemats, handbags, and a variety of other products.