Vibrant and colourful bracelet with small details to finish your casual, everyday look. Designed by me and made with love by Abigael and Hellen, 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 16,5 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.
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.
Hellen Atieno is 41 years old and is taking care of her four biological children and her one grandchild.
What is your story? I gave birth to my first child at the age of 17. Since then I got four more children. When my youngest child was born 8 years ago, the responsibility became too heavy for the father and he decided to leave our family. Today, the kids an I have no kind of contact with him.
I make jewellery and clothing for a living, but sometimes I have to clean and wash clothes for the people in Nairobi’s wealthiest neighborhoods in order to make ends meet. I have been on my own ensuring food, clean water and education for all my children. Although it is a hard job to be a single parent raising five children, I can only look forward: “ My children and my grandchild means the world to me, and there is nothing that can make me give up on them”.
What is your biggest dream? My biggest dream is to see my children getting an education so they can build a future away from the slums misery. The driving force behind my hard work is always my children.
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