Vibrant and colourful bracelet with small details to finish your casual, everyday look. Designed by me and made with love by Abigael, Agnes and Emily, three brave women trying to reach their hopes and aspirations in life - for both themselves and their children (learn more of their stories below). Perfect to stack with similar ANNI LU styles or wear it solo.
// Detailed in artisan-made and vintage materials found at local markets in Nairobi.
// Measures 16 cm. Easy to slide on thanks to the elasticated thread.
Please note, each piece can vary, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Differences can include small inclusions (which I love!) and slight variation changes in color. The individuality of these pieces are what makes them so special.
Anni Lu has entered an awe-inspiring collaboration with the social entrepreneur NGUVU to help African mothers support themselves and their families.
Helle Vestergaard, the designer and founder of the Danish jewelry brand Anni Lu, has developed a new collection with an incredible concept and a unique story behind. Together with NGUVU, Anni Lu has partnered up with five creative, yet economically disadvantaged women from Kibera – one of Africa’s largest slum areas. The women are Emily, Agnes, Abigael, Judith and Hellen.
Abigael Mwemba is a mother and grandmother of 8 children – her age is 52.
What is your story? I ended up in the Kibera slum after losing my husband to AIDS in 2005. I was struggling to find a job without an education and had trouble providing for my family from the income I made on creating my own jewellery and bags. I often toke my grandchildren to the school and tried to persuade the school principal to let them continue their studies, even though the payments were late. Despite my many difficulties in life, humour and heart-warming stories have always been important to me: “Everybody needs laughter and happiness – it’s the most powerful means to survival”
What is your biggest dream? My dream is to see my grandchildren getting an education – I am convinced that getting the right education is their way out of the Kibera slum.
My 3 children are all grown up, but I am still taking care of my 23-year-old daughter Janett and my 5 grandchildren: Princess at 5, who dreams of becoming a doctor, Hawa is 12 years old, Ashley is 3, Nelton is 1 and baby Elondi has not turned 1 yet.
Agnes Wambui is 38 years old and mother of 5 children.
What is your story? I was born and raised in Kibera and spent my childhood raising my younger siblings, since my father left the family and my mother was absent all the time. I was quite young when I gave birth to my first child. Four more children followed and my husband eventually left our household after we have lost everything in 2007. Up until then, we managed to build our own little shop in Kibera, but the dream burst during the presidential elections. Riots between rival tribes broke out and me and my family had to flee from the little shop, which was completely ruined and the goods were stolen. Just like Emily's, my everyday income is a lottery. Sometimes my children have to stay home from school and other days they have to be without food and water.
What is your biggest dream? My dream is to take care of my family on my own – without the need to ask for help from others. I am dreaming of being a hard-working role model, who is capable of providing to her children with the right nutrition and education.
My children are Gift Moses at 2, James at 7 and Faith at 10, who want to become a pediatrician. Alice is 17 years old and her oldest child Absolon is 21 years old.
Emily Okumu is the youngest of the five women at the age of 31. She is taking care of her five children of which three are her biological children and two are orphans, who are relatives to Emily.
What is your story? I was born on the country side, but was sent to Kibera’s slum when I was 7 years old, to live with my older sister. Since then I have been struggling to make my way through life and has therefore never been educated. I has also never had a steady job and every day seems to be a lottery when I am trying to find a workplace. Growing up, I always loved being creative and a neighbour of mine taught me how to make jewellery. I has always been keen on colourful jewellery and clothes – particularly in the colours red and pink.
What is your biggest dream? My dream revolves around my children – I wish to give them those opportunities in life that I was deprived from. My children are Allan at 16 and Clinton at 17 ( orphan relatives) as well as Judith at 13 years, who wants to be a doctor, Chrispine at 10 and Elisha at 5, who both dream of becoming pilots.
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