A Sustainable Future for Uganda
This Ugandan woman is carrying a jug of water…on top of her head!
Making such a journey to obtain drinking water is something most of us can’t fathom doing. This is one example of a hardship that our artisans in Uganda face daily.
On a positive note, the country of Uganda has made progress in reducing its nationwide poverty levels over the last two decades, falling from 56.4% of the population to 19.5%. This decline, however, is misleading. Uganda’s current poverty statistics are all based on a poverty line that was set in 1993 and is now highly outdated. Additionally, even though Uganda as a whole has seen a growing economy, according to The World Bank, more than a third of its citizens still live below the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 USD a day, the majority of whom, live in highly concentrated regions of the country. These realities bring forth concerns that the poverty reduction Uganda has seen in the past will not continue into a sustainable future.
A sustainable future is why Uganda needs us. In Uganda, four out of five women accept domestic violence as a fact of life – a sad statistic. When you purchase a Blessing Basket product, you’re enabling Ugandan women to obtain a promising and sustainable future. Our Prosperity Wages model ensures that all of our artisans in the countries we serve earn at least 2.5 times fair trade value for their products. This is essential to the work we do and allows our artisans to gain capital and to start businesses that carry them financially into the future, lifting them out of poverty and into prosperity.
Thank you for supporting Ten by Three and our artisans in Uganda.
Source: The World Bank