The National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) organised a craft exposition at the Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) show-ground in Kampala from 17th to 21st September 2018 to commemorate 25 years of NAWOU Hand-made Programme .
The Expo was launched by Her Excellency Susan Eckey, the Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda who also officiated at a dialogue on the contribution of crafts to household and national development. In her remarks H.E Eckey talked about the contribution of crafts to Uganda’s economy. She and the other speakers further emphasised how crafts is a way to retain Uganda’s traditions and cultural heritage, and therefore needs to be recognised and encouraged. The launch was also graced by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.
During the launch event, Mrs. Christine Mugerwa Kasule, the NAWOU President presented two upcoming NAWOU projects. The first is a magazine about crafts-making called Crafts & More that is expected to be launched in December 2018, and the other is a Women’s House that will serve as a skilling centre and selling outlet for handmade crafts.
Throughout the week, NAWOU Handmade offered different kinds of skills trainings which were well appreciated by the participants. The trainings were on the making of specific crafts, business registration and how to display items for sale. The banking sector led by Post Bank Uganda and DFCU provided free financial literacy services while the Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Uganda provided legal literacy and legal aid
Making of crafts is traditionally a women’s hobby and therefore women may be economically empowered by turning their leisure into an enterprise, says Monica Emiru Enyou. She adds that through comprehensive capacity building, the NAWOU Handmade project offers economically disadvantaged women and women’s groups a chance to improve their crafts-making skills and access markets across Uganda and the world.
The NAWOU International Craft Expo (NICE) will be an annual event, offering an opportunity for women artisans in Uganda, Africa and elsewhere to market various kinds of crafts.
To support these women and encourage their continued crafts-making, please pass by our NAWOU Handmade shop at the Uganda Museum, Kampala.