African Handcrafts Sales October 7 & 28 Sponsored by Microfinance Team

On Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 28, the UUCS Microfinance Team will host sales by Thembanathi, a nonprofit working in South Africa. There will be a variety of hand-crafted items for sale, including beautiful beaded jewelry, enchanting beaded animals, colorful telephone wire baskets, and superbly embroidered cards. All items were made by Zulu women in income-generation projects in an area of South Africa struggling with extreme poverty, high unemployment, and disease.

This year, the funds raised by Thembanathi through donations and the sale of fair-trade products will allow over 165 young children to have a positive, caring, and safe space to learn and develop, and two nutritious meals a day. Early intervention is key to helping young people succeed in school and enabling them to transcend the cycle of chronic poverty that has shaped their communities. With your support, they can reach the bright futures they deserve.

In addition to supporting Thembanathi, 20% of your purchases of their products will also support our own Microfinance program that partners with global nonprofits working in impoverished areas and provides small loans to people living on the edge, so they can increase their earning power, escape poverty, and make a better living for their families.