Project description

Sishemo (meaning “mercy” in Lozi) are a group of 8 local community members identified for this project by the community leadership and the Ministry of Community Development, based on their vulnerability and potential. They are 8 artisans range from 21 to 65 years old, trained to make glass beads using traditional African techniques. The glass is recycled from discarded bottles from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma and the kiln is made from locally-sourced bricks and termite-mound clay. The artisans painstakingly fire and shape each bead by hand, creating unique shapes, colors and designs. These beads are then used to make one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other bead products.Through the Sishemo Bead enterprise, these women have chance to dramatically improve their livelihoods, and the health, education and prospects of their families. Their households bring in an average of around $50 per month through informal piece work and some have had to resorted to sex work to feed their families.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda

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