Annual Christmas Craft Show Benefit Fundraiser (Press-Citizen)
The AIDS Project for Women & Children--Uganda will hold its Annual Christmas Craft Show Benefit Fundraiser at the Childrens Center for Therapy, 1552 Mall Drive, in Iowa City to benefit WomenCrafters, a not-for-profit association in Uganda of HIV/AIDS widows, orphans, grandmothers and/or guardians on Saturday, December 18th (noon-7pm) and Sunday, December 19th (11am-5pm).
On sale will be various handmade traditional crafts made by the Ugandan members of WomenCrafters: nativities, mother and child dolls, paper-bead jewelry, bark cloth batiks, ornaments, baskets, cloth hobo & shopping bags and much more. All proceeds (minus the cost of shipping) are returned to WomenCrafters in Uganda. Also, we will have a poetry book: The Blessing by Mayombwe David Simeon-an orphan trying to raise money to go back to college from the book sales proceeds. These are great Christmas gifts for your family and friends that will make a huge difference to the lives of the less fortunate.
The AIDS Project for Women & Children Uganda is a 501(c)(3) not for profit based in Iowa City that promotes self-reliance and literacy through education and sustainable income generation for families that have lost breadwinners to the AIDS pandemic. Apart from marketing their traditional crafts, the AIDS Project supports income generation for members of WomenCrafters by providing them with access to no-interest micro-loans for small entrepreneurial projects. WomenCrafters members can apply for this new micro-loan initiative by participating in a workshop to develop a formal business plan, including a budget. This budget will describe the capital a woman needs to get her business off the ground--perhaps something as simple as a sewing machine to support a dressmaking business or several pigs to start a small-scale livestock tending operation. The women will also design a repayment schedule for their no-interest loans and pledge to participate in ongoing assessment of the projects outcomes.