2014 is almost over and it ends one of our most challenging years yet. We found ourselves rebuilding, rearranging, making new plans, and re-evaluating goals. We had many difficult challenges and tought decisions to make. As we get ready for … Continue reading
Prossy is a born leader. She carries herself with a strong air of dignity and has one of the strongest wills to master her craft. Prossy loves The Common Thread Collective because it will help her grow fat since she can afford food, and often brings her youngest daughter – Peacie – to the compound to play with us.
Prossy had some struggles once we moved to the machines from hand sewing. She’s been using her hands her entire life for hard, manual labor. We had to tease her that the sewing machine was gentle like a baby and not a garden shovel. Eventually, after sticking with it, she got it. Now, she sees the opportunity to help others struggling with the gentle touch needed to work on a foot powered sewing machine.
Isn’t she a stunner in her traditional dress?
What can we say about Juliet? Juliet is a mother to four living children, her youngest passed away two years ago from a sudden, unexplained illness. She was dropped off at her mother’s house while Juliet came to the center … Continue reading
We’re going to be highlighting our advanced tailors this week. Today, meet Francis, mother of 5, former singer who had a hard fall from grace and returned to her roots in the village…only to find herself in an abusive situation … Continue reading
Hello Friends and Fans! We’ve been awfully quiet lately. We have had a lot of large decisions to make about the program and locations, safety of our program participants and spend the last few months really focusing on an … Continue reading
Okay, so this post doesn’t really have to do with our work but it has to do with one of our favorite things, MATOOKE! Yes, those green bananas are the East African equivalent of South America’s plantain. Slow boiled with … Continue reading
What is your weapon of choice for your passion? This is ours, a treadle sewing machine. As we rarely have electricity and currently need to have the house rewired so more than one outlet will be functioning, these little … Continue reading
How beautiful are these three? Marguerite, Justine and Prossy dressed to the nines during Jessica’s last trip to Uganda for our final celebration dinner. We wanted to celebrate one year of our program in Kapeeka and Jessica decided to do … Continue reading