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.




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

  1. Kalyn Waller May 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I love the boho burst sling!

  2. Brooke F May 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    i love the blue hawaii sling!

  3. Rhonda May 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

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

  4. Jaime Hampton May 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I love the butter earrings and the Firefly tote

  5. Timber May 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    The Boho Burst Sling!

  6. Suzanne May 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I love the boho burst sling!

  7. Andrea Lance Lunde May 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

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

  8. Elena Pellizzaris May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

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

  9. Allison Fore May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I like the shami bags, especially the harvest print.

  10. Lyndsey Graves May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    The lemon tree shami is so summery.

  11. Gillian Fritzsche May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I love the BEE Held Baby Sling. Hugs!!

  12. jackie439 May 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Love your blog and the blue Hawaii sling!

  13. Jo Ann Panzella May 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    The Blue Hawaii Sling! =)

  14. Hannah Abbott May 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    yellow foldover clutch is precious! perfect for summer :)

  15. dea' May 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    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!

  16. Jen H May 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

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

  17. Sarah Caldwell May 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

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

  18. Linda Stoll May 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    fabric bracelets …absolutely!

  19. C.C. @ I'm On My Way May 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

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

  20. Stephanie James May 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Love the firefly tote and the fold over clutches.

  21. Melissa Scott May 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

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

  22. Shari Green May 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

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

  23. Elizabeth May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

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

  24. Lynda Mote May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

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

  25. Hannah Boning May 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I love the headwraps and the Firefly tote! Gorgeous!

  26. michelle May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

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

  27. sam May 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I love the blue hawaii sling. And those clutches.

  28. sara gering May 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    in love with the Blue Crush Clutch!

  29. Julianne Thomas May 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    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!

  30. Megan May 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

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

  31. Rachel May 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

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

  32. Bridget Sprague May 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    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. :)

  33. Sarah Farish May 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

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

  34. Lindsay Sledge May 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I love the Firefly tote!

  35. Tiffany Fulmer May 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    My fave is the boho burst sling!

  36. Joye May 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Purple rain is beautiful!

  37. Amy Davis Snead May 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I love the butter earrings and boho burst sling!

  38. Melissa Camara Wilkins May 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

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

  39. Alexandra D. May 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    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!

  40. roxanne May 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    the blue Hawaii sling.

  41. HopefulLeigh May 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Love the yellow foldover clutch!

  42. Juanita Dueck May 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    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 (=

  43. sarahincola May 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I don’t think I can pick a favorite!

  44. lilene May 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    I like the purple rain shami!

  45. Ashley Ford May 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

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

  46. BrittB May 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Love the honey shami and solstice clutch! Beautiful fabrics!

  47. Tamara May 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

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

  48. Kelly May 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    LOVE the firefly tote!

  49. Angela Townsend May 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

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

  50. EmilyTaylorJones May 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    The firefly tote!

  51. Kreine May 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    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.

  52. Lani Stine May 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    the blue hawaii sling would be perfect for summer!

  53. Laurin May 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    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!

  54. Esther Aspling May 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I love this!

  55. Emily Betzler May 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    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.

  56. Stephanie May 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I love the colors on the tortoise shell clutch!

  57. Rebecca Lim May 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I love the Firefly Tote! It just radiates joy!

  58. Lina May 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm #


  59. Rachel May 21, 2013 at 7:01 am #

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

  60. Catherine E May 21, 2013 at 7:29 am #

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

  61. carly May 21, 2013 at 7:37 am #

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

  62. Dana May 21, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    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!

  63. Meredith May 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

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

  64. Olivia May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I love the head wraps and the blue crush clutch!

  65. Guest May 21, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    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 May 21, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Melissa M btw! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

  66. hopejem May 21, 2013 at 9:56 am #

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

  67. Sarah May 21, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Love the boho burst sling!

  68. Cara Meredith May 21, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love the polka dot earrings – dreamy!

  69. Dione May 21, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I love love their radiant cosmetic bag!

  70. Beth Summers Cole May 21, 2013 at 10:50 am #

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

  71. DavidandYolanda McLean May 21, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I love the colors in the Camp Shami

  72. Lauren Gilliland May 21, 2013 at 10:57 am #

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

  73. Allison May 21, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    The firefly tote is my favorite!

  74. Kerrin May 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    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.

  75. Renee May 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

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

  76. Lindsey Pell May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I love the harvest sling!

  77. alli May 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I like the Honey shami! Beautiful!

  78. Nurse Bee May 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    I like firefly tote!!

  79. shelley nienhuis May 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

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

  80. Denise May 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    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.

  81. Gina May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    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!

  82. Rebecca Ishum May 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I really like the Boho Burst Sling!

  83. TracyRae May 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

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

  84. Lisa Pippus May 22, 2013 at 4:55 am #

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

  85. Diane May 22, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    Beautiful colors!

  86. Krista May 23, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    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)

  87. Erin May 23, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    The Harvest Shami bag is great!

  88. Suzanne May 23, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    that firefly tote bag is my favorite!

  89. Guest May 23, 2013 at 11:46 am # I mean I really do. Nuff said.

  90. Stephanie Lai May 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

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

  91. Heather Moll May 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    I love the Harvest Shami.

  92. Jenny E May 25, 2013 at 6:14 am #

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

  93. Becca May 25, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I love the Camp Shami. So bright and bold!

  94. Lisa May 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I love the Boho Burst Sling

  95. Heather Sebastian May 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I love the The Lagulu Bracelet!

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  96. Nancy May 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I love the SLING BAG – Boho Burst.

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