Two of our Eternal Threads’ partners are single women making a difference in the lives of others through commitment and hardship. Rafiatu in Ghana whose story I told last week and Rosemary in Jinja, Uganda. We love to tell their stories because they are part of our team! When the phone rings at the office and it is Rosemary or Rafiatu we are excited because we have a relationship with them. They aren’t just a source of products.
Rosemary was born into a family of four children whose father died when they were young. Her mother raised the family as a single mother until she had a stroke and was unable to care for the them. At the age of 20, she became the head of the family and caretaker of her younger siblings. Her dream to finish university had to be put on hold because she was determined to make it possible for her brother and all of her sisters to finish school. She knows they must have an education to have any hope of a future.
Rosemary has been providing for her family, paying medical bills and school fees from the money she receives from her amazing basket making skills.
Eternal Threads has been importing these baskets for the last five years. Every purchase of one of Rosemary’s baskets is helping her care for her family’s needs. Because of our generous donors Eternal Threads is also able to help pay school fees when we aren’t able to sell enough of her baskets. Last year we helped her rent a shop space in Jinja so that she could sell her products locally.
Rosemary’s words tell you what your support means to her.
“The money that you send me for the baskets helps my family a lot. I thank you so much for your kindness to me and my family otherwise I do not know where we would be right now.”
SHOP for Rosemary’s baskets or DONATE to help us help women like Rosemary and Rafiatu with their businesses.
I usually don’t celebrate birthdays, but maybe the milestones are different. I’m not sure why they should be, but certain milestones give us a way to celebrate life!
Even more rare than celebrating a birthday is having someone ask me what I want for my birthday, so when the Eternal Threads Board asked me what I wanted for my 65th birthday, I had to think about it. I didn’t have to think very long, however.
On May 18th we are celebrating my birthday and more importantly the 15th anniversary of Eternal Threads. When you talk about celebrating life, the last 15 years of the mission of Eternal Threads puts that in capital letters for me. LIFE AND HOPE to hundreds of women and their families. That’s something WE can all celebrate.
We have given over $1,000,000 of income to the women we serve just since 2005!!!! What more can we do?
Here’s what I wish for:
- $3500 to help Rafiatu, in Ghana expand her business so she can employ more women and girls. A production unit to make their own recycled beads and sandals and 6 sewing machines to train young women to sew.
- Help Rosemary expand her market in Uganda with rent for a local shop so she can have the funds to educate her four younger siblings.
- $8000 for 80 rescued girls in Nepal to have sewing machines enabling them to start businesses when they return to their home villages
- $10,000 to support another anti-trafficking border unit in Nepal that can rescue 200 girls in a year…$50 a life!
- Support for our Afghan partner and his family. They have received visas to go to India from Afghanistan where they felt increasingly at risk; as well as continuing our project in Afghanistan that his mother-in-law will oversee.
- Expand our market in order to support our artisans with consistent orders and sustainable income. Contributions to Eternal Threads allow us to improve our products, website and marketing strategies.
The board has set the goal of 1000 donors to give $65 each for this celebration. (Write “Celebration” in the Program:Other window). Those funds could enable us to do all of this and much, much more. A great celebration indeed!!!
This celebration is for everyone who has supported Eternal Threads with donations, purchasing products, volunteering or hosting a sale. CELEBRATE LIFE AND HOPE in your own life and that of so many women you have served.
Name: Rosemary Asenetor
Home Country: Uganda
Trade: Basket making from natural materials.
Mission: Support her mother and younger siblings.
Most 20 year old young women do not have the responsibility of being the bread winner and caretaker for her entire family, but Rosemary had that burden thrust on her when her father died and her mother had a stroke.
Basket weaving is part of the fabric of African life and culture passed down from generation to generation. For Rosemary it is not just a handicraft skill learned from her grandmother that no longer has meaning, but it is the livelihood with which she can care for her mother and four younger siblings. Her income is needed to provide food and rent along with medical care for her mother and school fees and supplies for the younger children.
Rosemary has overcome so many challenges, but they have not stopped her from having hope for a better future. She wants to go to university someday, but she is now using her income to buy a plot of land so that her family will always have a home.
“I am now at home concentrating on making the baskets that you are selling as I wait to join the university if God wishes.”
Her beautiful baskets are handcrafted from a plentiful supply of banana leaves, reeds and grasses. Her courage and commitment is woven into each of these baskets and she radiates gratefulness in spite of the demands on one so young.
“I do not know how to thank you apart from dedicating you to God. May God bless you always.”
Rosemary’s baskets are sold at the Eternal Threads warehouse and on the website