As tukula‘s first artisan, Bennah has been the heartbeat of our group from the very beginning.
When we met Bennah she was living alone in a room the size of most people’s walk in closets. Every morning she would wake up, put her mattress against the wall and begin her day sewing. For months, we worked together on making a line of bags and accessories that we were proud of. During those months something rare happened – Bennah became a part of our family. We watched as she got married, we held her first child when he was just born, and we rejoiced as she moved into a 2 bedroom house. After working with tukula for a year and a half Bennah was able to provide for herself and save for her children.
But just when she thought she was moving forward, Bennah became ill and was physically unable to sit at her machine and sew. Tragically, Bennah’s husband didn’t want to help her or their child (Jacob) and he started abusing her. Even when she began to feel better, her husband would not allow her to go back to work yet he continued refusing to help pay for her and Jacob’s needs.
Bennah worked up the courage to reach out for help from her fellow tukula co-workers. After a period of time, Bennah was able to move into her own home with her tukula savings and started sewing again, allowing her, a newly single mother of two, to care for her son and new daughter, Deborah. She is bold and intelligent, and we can’t imagine tukula without her!
Abusive husbands, lack of money for medical needs, and caring for children alone are just some of the issues women in Uganda face on a daily basis. Tukula works to combat these issues by providing consistent income, quality health care, savings programs for their children, and encouraging work environment, and a loving community.
We’re giving away one Firefly Tote bag - made by Bennah – from tukula!
Leave a comment on this post with your favourite item from the tukula shop and you’ll be entered to win.
The winner will be selected randomly on Monday 27 May 2013.
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