At Intrinsic Styles we are always trying to find new ways to support initiatives in the developing world as a whole, especially opportunities for connecting and partnering with non-profits. Established organizations that provide humanitarian aid in countries in crisis—civil war, ethnic genocide, wide scale poverty, lack of food and water—need to focus on what they do best: providing aid. That’s where Intrinsic steps in.
Intrinsic Styles is not only dedicated to providing sustainable business ventures for those living in poverty, but also seeks to provide a global platform on which the products these ventures produce can be sold. Our friends at Drop in the Bucket, a non-profit that drills water wells and provides sanitation systems in South Sudan and Uganda, is partnering with Intrinsic to empower the people they work with through paper-bead necklaces.
The idea for the necklaces came about when several different organizations noticed the need for people living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps to have a way to pull themselves out of poverty through sustainable business. Similar to Intrinsic’s work with the Women’s Rehabilitation Center in Mathare, Kenya; the artisans that create these necklaces live in an impoverished region with very few ways to make money. Made from recycled magazines, the necklaces are a way for women in the IDP camps to learn a skill and make money, providing many mothers with the funds to send their children to school; an important tool for children to use to escape poverty.
These IDP camps, located in various locations in South Sudan and Uganda, were a result of the civil war that plagued Sudan for over 20 years, and the violence in northern Uganda stemming from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)—which has been active since 1987—fighting the Ugandan military. Many in the U.S. know the LRA through its most famous leader, Joseph Kony, the subject of a 2012 awareness campaign by Invisible Children. The cycle of rape, pillaging and destruction that Kony and the LRA left in their wake devastated much of northern Uganda. Coupled with the destruction and mass casualties that resulted from Sudan’s civil war, the region is in desperate need for basic commodities, especially water.
Drop in the Bucket works in these regions affected by these crises, building sanitation services, and drilling wells to provide clean drinking water and a way for locals to stay healthy. At the heart of Drop in the Bucket’s message is the fact that clean water is a basic right that everyone should have access to, embodying Intrinsic’s message that every human being has the same intrinsic value, regardless of geography.
By buying the Marejesho Paper Bead Necklace, you not only affirm our goal of empowering artisans through ethical business, but you also provide financial support for an organization seeking to provide clean water for those who don’t already have access to this most fundamental part of life.
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