In which Bennah is a woman of valour (+ a giveaway with tukula)

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meet bennah

bennahAs 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.


Tukula (meaning “we grow”) is an accessories line based in Jinja, Uganda. We hire young women who are trained as seamstresses but aren’t able to find consistent work. Along with a fair wage these women receive medical care, an encouraging work environment, and access to savings programs. In addition to our full time employees, we provide paid internships for women who are on the verge of dropping out of sewing school so that they can continue with their studies and receive a job immediatly after graduating. By relieving the pressure of school fees, medical fees, and daily expenses, these ladies are able to walk with confidence and joy.


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.

US or Canadian mailing addresses only, please.




  • Kalyn Waller

    I love the boho burst sling!

  • Brooke F

    i love the blue hawaii sling!

  • Rhonda

    I love the Firefly Tote and the fold-over clutches!

  • Jaime Hampton

    I love the butter earrings and the Firefly tote

  • Timber

    The Boho Burst Sling!

  • Suzanne

    I love the boho burst sling!

  • Andrea Lance Lunde

    It’s a close tie between the Firefly Tote, the Fabric Bracelet and the Butter Earrings.

  • Elena Pellizzaris

    The Firefly tote is beautiful! Vibrant colors + nice and roomy, so it can hold all my stuffs. :)

  • Allison Fore

    I like the shami bags, especially the harvest print.

  • Lyndsey Graves

    The lemon tree shami is so summery.

  • Gillian Fritzsche

    I love the BEE Held Baby Sling. Hugs!!

  • jackie439

    Love your blog and the blue Hawaii sling!

  • Jo Ann Panzella

    The Blue Hawaii Sling! =)

  • Hannah Abbott

    yellow foldover clutch is precious! perfect for summer :)

  • dea’

    Awesome. SO soo GOOD! YES!
    My favorite item from the shop is the Harvest Shami. I’m training to be a midwife and working as a doula, and it would be so beautifully symbolic to have a bag like that as my ‘birthing bag’. Supporting women as I support women– neat!

  • Jen H

    The firefly tote is beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Sarah Caldwell

    I love the Firefly tote – so beautiful! Thanks for this lovely giveaway! :)

  • Linda Stoll

    fabric bracelets …absolutely!

  • C.C. @ I’m On My Way

    I think I’d have to say the Tote Bag or the Sling Bag. Either one would be great as a knitting bag. :-)

  • Stephanie James

    Love the firefly tote and the fold over clutches.

  • Melissa Scott

    I love the lemon tree shami- and the earrings are great!

  • Shari Green

    Lovely items! I esp like the boho burst sling. Ooh, and the headwraps.

  • Elizabeth

    I love the firefly tote the best, though they are all beautiful!

  • Lynda Mote

    LOVE the yellow fold over clutch and everything else. . .i want it ALL!

  • Hannah Boning

    I love the headwraps and the Firefly tote! Gorgeous!

  • michelle

    The Harvest Shami is so cute! :) What a great program that benefits not only the women but their children and communities. Beautiful!

  • sam

    I love the blue hawaii sling. And those clutches.

  • sara gering

    in love with the Blue Crush Clutch!

  • Julianne Thomas

    This is an amazing way to minister to women and help them support themselves! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to use the firefly tote – which is beautiful – and share this story with everyone who will ask about the bag!

  • Megan

    Thank you for sharing this amazing woman’s story! It’s fantastic to hear stories like hers!
    Also, I love the boho burst sling!

  • Rachel

    I love the Firefly tote and the Butter earrings! Such lovely works of art!

  • Bridget Sprague

    Love the boho burst sling! So, um, yeah, I ordered one. But I’d still love to win the Firefly Tote! I have a thing for bags. :)

  • Sarah Farish

    The tote is my favorite…but it’s all beautiful:)

  • Lindsay Sledge

    I love the Firefly tote!

  • Tiffany Fulmer

    My fave is the boho burst sling!

  • Joye

    Purple rain is beautiful!

  • Amy Davis Snead

    I love the butter earrings and boho burst sling!

  • Melissa Camara Wilkins

    I love the boho burst, though the firefly might be my very favorite. Such great colors on all the designs!

  • Alexandra D.

    I am blown away by the beauty of the items at this shop! Why have I never heard of this before?! It’s so hard to choose a favourite as everything is so beautiful, but I love love love the lemon tree shami bag. Simply gorgeous!

  • roxanne

    the blue Hawaii sling.

  • HopefulLeigh

    Love the yellow foldover clutch!

  • Juanita Dueck

    I Love LOVe LOVe the slings!!!! especially the blue hawaii sling. btw this is Juanita’s daughter writing on this!!! but i really love that sling its really pretty (=

  • sarahincola

    I don’t think I can pick a favorite!

  • lilene

    I like the purple rain shami!

  • Ashley Ford

    Mmm…super loving the Firefly Tote and the Boho Burst Sling. And the fabric bracelets.

  • BrittB

    Love the honey shami and solstice clutch! Beautiful fabrics!

  • Tamara

    i like the boho burst sling. it looks like i can fit baby stuff in it.

  • Kelly

    LOVE the firefly tote!

  • Angela Townsend

    The Firefly Tote is actually my favorite. Thanks for the chance! :-)

  • EmilyTaylorJones

    The firefly tote!

  • Kreine

    Wow. The adversity Bennah has overcome is astounding. Truly, she is a woman of valor.

    Everything at the tukula shop is beautiful, but the firefly tote is my favorite.

  • Lani Stine

    the blue hawaii sling would be perfect for summer!

  • Laurin

    These are so beautiful! Wow. Definitely a toss-up between the Firefly Tote and the Harvest Shami. Thanks for the introduction to Tukula and for the opportunity!

  • Esther Aspling

    I love this!

  • Emily Betzler

    WOW! Thanks for sharing! I like the camp shame, but really love everything they make and how they go about doing it. I will be sharing about them for sure.

  • Stephanie

    I love the colors on the tortoise shell clutch!

  • Rebecca Lim

    I love the Firefly Tote! It just radiates joy!

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  • Rachel

    The firefly tote is my favorite actually, although all of their work is beautiful!

  • Catherine E

    I love the boho burst sling, but it was really hard to choose among so many great products!

  • carly

    The head wraps are gorgeous! And all of the handbags! But I think the lemon tree and firefly are are my favorite

  • Dana

    I can’t decide between the head wraps and the Tortoise Shell Clutch. So adorable! Thanks for sharing about this great company/community. Jinja is dear to my heart because of sweet friends who served there for many years!

  • Meredith

    I love the Kidwraps! Definitely bookmarking this for my daughter.

  • Olivia

    I love the head wraps and the blue crush clutch!

  • Guest

    Well gosh! I guess I should’ve read this post through. I went right to the site and ordered 3 bag, LOL! Oh well, I’d love another to give as another gift :)

    • Guest

      Melissa M btw! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

  • hopejem

    I’m not sure which i need more, the Butter Earrings or the Lemon Tree Shami. I just know I need them.

  • Sarah

    Love the boho burst sling!

  • Cara Meredith

    I love the polka dot earrings – dreamy!

  • Dione

    I love love their radiant cosmetic bag!

  • Beth Summers Cole

    I love the Lemon Tree Shami! What a great giveaway!

  • DavidandYolanda McLean

    I love the colors in the Camp Shami

  • Lauren Gilliland

    the boho burst sling is def. my favorite. what an awesome organization.

  • Allison

    The firefly tote is my favorite!

  • Kerrin

    I just finished reading Kisses From Katie. The book broke me open and I am spending a lot of time processing it all. Then I open your wonderful post to hear another story from Jinja. Perhaps it is divine intervention. Perhaps not. Whatever it means. Thank you for posting about this wonderful program. That Blue Hawaiian Sling is the bomb.

  • Renee

    The Shami and the Firefly bag are both beautiful! It was hard to choose a favourite because all the prints are so fabulous!

  • Lindsey Pell

    I love the harvest sling!

  • alli

    I like the Honey shami! Beautiful!

  • Nurse Bee

    I like firefly tote!!

  • shelley nienhuis

    Fabric earrings? Beautifully brilliant! Love, love, love the red ones!

  • Denise

    My problem- two favorites ( so if I don’t win I’m in double trouble!). I like the Havest Shami and the Mint Foldover Clutch.

  • Gina

    I love the Radiant Cosmetic Bag. As someone who travels a lot, it is nice to have unique luggage–right down to what holds my makeup!

  • Rebecca Ishum

    I really like the Boho Burst Sling!

  • TracyRae

    I am quite fond of the yellow fold over clutch and the firefly tote. The beautiful colors make me happy!

  • Lisa Pippus

    I’m kind of in love with the boho burst sling bag.

  • Diane

    Beautiful colors!

  • Krista

    I have a bag very similar to the Boho Burst Sling and I love it! The strap was a bit too long, but I fixed it for myself and it’s just so unique! (it came from Africa, my sis-in-law lives there)

  • Erin

    The Harvest Shami bag is great!

  • Suzanne

    that firefly tote bag is my favorite!

  • Guest I mean I really do. Nuff said.

  • Stephanie Lai

    Love those fabric bracelets, the clutches…although the tote is so lovely too!

  • Heather Moll

    I love the Harvest Shami.

  • Jenny E

    My favorite is the summer solstice clutch, and those fabric bracelets are gorgeous!

  • Becca

    I love the Camp Shami. So bright and bold!

  • Lisa

    I love the Boho Burst Sling

  • Heather Sebastian

    I love the The Lagulu Bracelet!

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  • Nancy

    I love the SLING BAG – Boho Burst.