Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jewellery bead workshop

Midweek Creating & Making 
This morning Mzuribeads had a jewellery workshop.  
Learning how to secure new clasps and fastenings on their paper bead necklaces... Improving quality and appearance (:

Mama Chage
Later Mzuribeads packed some trade orders, going out to Italy and Russia.  
We are happy to see the beads travel and be used globally.
We have also found banana leaf fibre to not only make fab beads, but great packaging.  Light in weight, attractive, very similar padding, and far more ethical than bubble wrap.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mzuriseeds - everyone should start the day with a hoe!

Hoe No!
Garden plans, 
painful hands
And many yams..

This mornings plans were peaceful computer sales all the way through till lunch.  So to my new officespace I went from 6am....until the sound of digging disturbed my ears.  Edith and her daughters were standing about in a nearby garden with their hoes and yams, ready to plant.  I immediately put on my running gear, (this is the only outfit I have apart from a small selection of loose dresses and jeans, which I really need to do something about...)  and off I went.....Eagerly grabbed a hoe and began to assist.  
Now, when Edith mentioned a while back that she goes 'digging' on a Saturday, I used to giggle to myself ....The fact that it is a world apart from the glamorous Mzuribeads ... The laugh is now on me! ...I have three large boiling hand blisters, a burnt nose, intense back pain, and still experiencing nausea. Non of which I  shared amongst the group.. I saved my painful groans for my room /:
Nasari at work
A Planted Yam

Despite, the sheer agony of this exercise, I was glad to help, I will in future need gloves, and a week off work to recover.  And although I appreciate this was a healthy workout...for regular exercise, I believe I will stick to my short morning runs.. 
...clearly my shoes can't cope(: haha
Plans are in motion for the money so far made by MzuriSeeds to begin to assist the garden.  For anyone, who wishes to donate, your help is much needed, and regular updates will be coming your way. 

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mzuribeads update from Ndejje

Notes from Collection day and my New office.

Mzuribeads having been tackling the wholesale orders, whilst I have made myself a good office space and workspace.  I have recently taken big changes in how the women now complete and order. In short they are becoming even closer to the customer, increasing quality, and understanding greater the idea of shared responsibility, project management, and Google docs! 
  Although, we are coming far, I am still to divide my time on working amongst the group, sourcing new and improved materials, and doing numerous tests and samples, sales, training, internal system management, customer relations, and the list goes on, and on, and on, and on...

I am still managing to get some photography done for a fashion designer, and keep producing my own collection, My Little Mudhut.  Plus making some super new, big and bold pieces for a couple of fashion shows coming up.  Watch this space for lots of creations which will go on display.
 My new office space (:
The election day is tomorrow, here in Kampala, and I know a good few in hope of change.  Personally, the idea of peace being most appealing, having dived head first into work on arriving 3 weeks back.  Nevertheless, inspired by the recent Arabic revolutions across the globe, it would please me greatly to see Ugandans challenging Museveni, and opening the eyes  of all the Ugandans whose vote has been pushed by the false; "I brought you peace" claim.  Here's hope for the future of democracy.

Kirstie Maclean 
Director Mzuribeads

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