Our craft business focuses on two activities, sewing and jewelry making. We have renovated an existing building on our premises to provide a well lit, clean, comfortable workshop that doubles as a retail space. Every day without fail our crafters deepen their skills, build inventory, and explore new products.
One of our older girls, Carol, took a keen interest in learning to sew and quickly saw demand among our guests and volunteers searching for local gifts to take back to their families. Over the years this business has evolved to its present state of producing handbags, aprons, wallets, curtains, and bed covers. These wares have found markets locally and abroad in Spain, Germany Canada and here in the USA, where they have served as marketing and fundraising tools.
Naiga, another of our older girls is an artist through and through. She spends her days rolling recycled paper into delicate beads, which she then uses to design necklaces, ear rings, wallets, purses, and more.
Our goal for the craft shop business is to find an international fair-trade organisation to take us on as a supplier. If this is successful, it will open doors for Malayaka House to organize and train other orphanage homes that are also looking for income generating activities, skill development for their children, employment opportunities, and financial freedom.