Margaret Onzia created this striking embroidery of two birds in a tree. It is displayed on a handy carrier that is suitable for a variety of uses--bookbag, computer bag, or simple tote. The 16" x 15" black denim bag has a big front zippered pocket, large enough to hold a slim laptop, file folders, or computer accessories. The main compartment, lined with black/gold African print, can accommodate books, laptop, shopping items, or perhaps knitting. Inside, on a cord, is a change purse.
Margaret, who lives in Kampala, is a refugee from Kitgum in the north of Uganda. She and others were displaced from their village when life there became unsafe during years of war. Since arriving in Kampala, these women have used their creativity to help support themselves and their families. In addition to embroidery, they make and sell children’s clothing, school uniforms, and paper bead necklaces; knit baby clothes; grow crops; and keep bees.
Margaret will use the funds she receives for her needlework to provide education for her children; medical support for herself, her family, and orphans in her care; seeds or fertilizer for her crops; and home repairs.