the story behind our soHza uganda collection
In 2004, Brittany Underwood was moved to compassion as a sophomore in college after meeting a Ugandan woman named Sarah who cared for 24 street children in her home. Compassion escalated to action as Brittany founded a nonprofit to construct an orphanage home to house children who slept on Sarah’s floor.
In 2006, upon graduating college, Brittany moved to Uganda to begin the construction of the orphanage and the drilling of over 20 water wells throughout the country. As the team traveled to different villages, they were amazed by women who cared for 10+ children in their homes. Like Sarah, they had a hope and vision for their families; they simply did not have the income or confidence to embrace their calling. After completing the orphanage, Brittany discovered that by training and employing women and guaranteeing them a monthly income they could care for thousands of children, without the construction of an orphanage home.
In 2007, Brittany launched a new sustainable model to uplift women and children. The women named it “Akola”, which means “to work” in their local dialect. After 5 years in the field, she worked with the best development practitioners in the country to develop a sustainable impact model for women.
The work paid off.
Over the last 7 years, the Akola Project has blossomed into a thriving social business that empowers women in Uganda and beyond.
At Akola, each necklace made represents a single woman and a single story. Each necklace empowers the woman who made it to actually re-design their stories to become ones read with dignity, grace and honor. We want to introduce you to women who have carefully designed their own stories and are paving the way for other women to follow in the example they have set. With different backgrounds, lifestyles and heartbeats, we hope that you are just as inspired to take the next step towards reaching your own goals as we have been.
Shop our new soHza uganda collection
from brittany and the akola project
Also published on Medium.