This bracelet is priceless.
You see, it represents and makes possible jobs, food on the table, healthy children and confident adults in the country of Namibia in southern Africa.
And, it represent a vision one woman had almost 20 years ago to help those in a small, rural village that has grown and blossomed beautifully on every front and is known globally as OMBA Arts Trust.
First, about this Skoonheid 3-Row Ostrich Egg Shell Beaded Bracelet — the round discs are made from ostrich egg shell and are hand crafted with black beads with just the right soft lustre to take it easily from day to night. It is made byBushmen living on resettlement farms in eastern and northern Namibia.
This unique bracelet is rooted in traditional culture with an eye-catching, modern contemporary twist — as well as a priceless story and mission. Wear it proudly!
Handcrafted in: Namibia by Bushmen
Materials: Ostrich egg shell and pearl-color beads
Size: 7.25" inches long and 1.25" inches wide
THE BACK STORY
OMBA Arts Trust's roots go back to 1991 when founder Karin le Roux developed a range of textiles with a group of unemployed women in a small rural village in the south of Namibia.
From those humble beginnings, OMBA has grown in the largest operation in the country marketing Namibian craft exclusively. OMBA partners with more than 600 artisans in nine regions, and it markets several ranges of unique Namibian handmade craft. It also is a registered member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
OMBA's mission is to support the sustainable livelihoods of marginalised communities through craft development and marketing. Its people develop and test production and supply systems through training in remote villages, under trees, in church halls – wherever some shelter can be found.
OMBA is passionate about the people it works with. In Namibia, a country with over 50% unemployment, its work offers women, in particular (who are largely illiterate) a chance to earn an income. The organization trains them in craft and business, and provides information on healthcare and HIV, nutrition, and women’s rights.
OMBA Arts Trust truly is changing the lives of people, one crafter at a time.