Meet Aparo Joyce

Rather than Western-style first and last names, people in Northern Uganda have an Acholi name and a Christian name. Joyce’s Acholi name is Aparo, and her Christian name is Joyce. She goes by both—they’re used interchangeably. “I’m thankful that God created me whole.”   – Aparo Joyce, Uganda Aparo Joyce smiles—she’s always ready to light up Amani Uganda … More Meet Aparo Joyce

Batik Technique

Meet the Women of Amani Kenya’s Batik Department & learn about the process! How it works Batiking is a staple technique at Amani Kenya. Nelly explains the process. “We cut white material based on an order. We stamp the material with hot wax and then dip the material into colored dye. The material is then washed … More Batik Technique

Meet Our Intern

Name: Uche Ginigeme Hometown: Dallas, Texas School & Degree: Howard University, Bachelor of Science (May 2013) Role at Amani: I am working as a marketing/resource development intern. Some of my responsibilities consist of creating blog posts for the Amani ya Juu general blog, helping to create and manage social media posts, researching organizations and blogs … More Meet Our Intern

Raw Art Letterpress

“I have been so blessed, I love to have the opportunity to support others when possible,” reads an email we received from an American woman named Colette last month. Colette is an artist who makes beautiful cards and prints by hand and sells them on Etsy at Raw Art Letterpress. She contacted us hoping to … More Raw Art Letterpress

Ashlee: on amani and the importance of buying handmade

Amani ya Juu’s center in Liberia recently had a visit from our country director’s sister and friend, Ashlee. Ashlee runs a wonderful blog, Where my Heart Resides, and recently created a beautiful post about Amani Liberia seamstresses, buying ethically, and our stunning products. We’ve posted her lovely photos below, and you can read her blog … More Ashlee: on amani and the importance of buying handmade