Vibrant and colourful bracelet with small details to finish your casual, everyday look. Designed by me and made with love by Agnes and Judith, two 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 15,5 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.
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.
Judith is 36 years old and mother of 3 children.
What is your story? I once had my own shop in Kibera’s slum, where I sold jewelry and clothes for children. The market was very small and unstable; therefore I had to close the shop. Today I am still dreaming about having my own shop, and to make a living out of selling jewelry and clothing. I am passionate about needlework and combining strong colours – also when making clothes for myself.
What is your biggest dream? I am dreaming of a way of life where I would be able to plan further into the future. At the moment I am taking one day at a time and hoping to earn enough money to provide food and education for my children. With a permanent job I would not need to worry about how to take care of my children's basic needs.
My 3 children are Claudencia 16 years old, Collins 13 years old and Angela 9 years old.
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