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At Light Gives Heat, we want to help empower Africans through the encouragement of economic sustainability and creative endeavors and also motivate people in the West to "be the change they want to see in the world." Our vision is to see Africa rebuilt and renewed from the inside out and to see people in the west living with a sense of purpose and hope.
Light Gives Heat started in 2007, when our founders Dave and Morgan Hansow moved to Uganda to adopt their daughter. They knew they wanted to be enablers and listeners to what Africa needed and it led to the birth of the Suubi (HOPE) project.
The 100+ women of Suubi represent 900 immediate family members. These inspirational women make beautiful and artful pieces- necklaces, chokers, bracelets and earrings. Every piece made is handcrafted out of recycled magazines, newspaper, and scrap paper. Each week we purchase over 850 products at triple their usual profit- providing a fair and consistent income where there was once was none. We resell their handcrafted beaded jewelry in the United States. This provides the opportunity for the women to take literacy and English classes, as well as provide for their families. We also started EPOH about a year ago along side of Suubi. Like Suubi, EPOH offers consistent incomes in Uganda and tells a story. EPOH offers handcrafted bags made out of recycled straps of fabric patched together.
As we look out side of ourselves and to our neighbors both here and half way across the world, we realize how important Westerners are- Not just a means to an end, but an end to themselves. We need hope just as much as the rest of the world. It really all comes down to hope and realizing hope is a daily choice.
- Valerie Hulme
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