The stories of these three Ugandan women inspired the dolls sold in Project Lydia. They are from left to right, Zaina, Harriet and Susan.
Beads are one of the many crafts made by women in Project Lydia. The items are sold here in Lawrence to help Ugandan women earn money to feed their families and send their children to school.
Muriel Cook and Lawrence missionary Julie Pash have teamed up to sell arts and crafts made by Uganda women through Project Lydia. Items made by the Uganda women include dolls, baskets and necklaces made from recycled paper.
Through Project Lydia, women from small Ugandan villages come together to make baskets, necklaces and dolls. Two Lawrence women are working to sell those goods locally. The more they sell, the more they can help support the widows and first and second wives who have been abandoned by their husbands.
Without electricity, a Ugandan women uses a foot-powered sewing machine to make clothes for the dolls sold through Project Lydia. She is part of an economic development project started by a Lawrence missionary.
Ugandan women work on hand-made goods for Project Lydia. The money they earn goes toward sending their children to school, purchasing seeds for their gardens and in some cases buying that day's food.