Shop With a Cause: The Mighty River Project

October 24, 2013

The Mighty River Project

Today’s shop love goes out to a store / organization that I absolutely LOVE / ADORE / ADMIRE: The Mighty River Project (TMRP).

I’ve shared about my love for TMRP before, but I felt like a fully dedicated post for my love for them was long overdue.

In short, The Mighty River Project is an organization that supports micro-business In Uganda through supporting eight female artisans that make their baskets, beads, and textiles. They also partner to support Ugandan Children’s Homes to help with needs as they care for orphans, they aid with specific needs of the families there, and are working with a livestock micro-lending project to allow for a more sustainable income source for the families.

This is an organization that isn’t just giving a bunch of handouts to some people in a country in Africa. TMRP is an organization that is carefully, prayerfully, and thoughtfully creating ways to work alongside women in Uganda to help them in creating and sustaining a life of their own and being able to fully provide for their families. The Mighty River Project

The female artisans, Juliet, Teo, Rita, Mirembe, Dorothy, Peninah, Robinah, and Kevin work so hard to create beautiful works of art in order to provide for their families.

They make BEAUTIFUL hand-woven, banana fiber baskets, gorgeous aprons and bags, and beautiful hand-rolled magazine bead jewelry.

I already have quite the collection of baskets and trays (as you can see from these photos). I have them all over our Africa-themed nursery!The Mighty River Project

It’s really hard to describe how beautiful these trays and baskets are. The pictures here just don’t do them justice. I have to curtail my desire for ALL THE BASKETS! 馃檪 The Mighty River ProjectThe Mighty River ProjectThe Mighty River ProjectThe Mighty River Project

I have also worn some of my favorite TMRP magazine bead necklaces on the blog before. Here are just a few of the ones that I have: The Mighty River ProjectThe Mighty River Project

Here are some of my favorite things in the Mighty River Project Store right now:

GORRRRGEOUS baskets. Seriously. I want all the rainbow baskets!

Gorgeous handmade aprons. I LOVE these!

Gorgeous bags:

Some of my favorite magazine bead jewelry (I ESPECIALLY love that lavender bracelet):

Here are some of the ways I’ve worn my Mighty River Project jewelry:

still being molly - maternity style: white blazer, white lace tank, jeans, Mighty River Project necklace, Kate Spade patchwork clutch still being molly maternity style: Mighty River Project magazine bead necklace, jean jacket, kelly green blouse, mint jeans maternity style- - Prabal Gurung for Target drop waist dress, Mighty River Project magazine bead necklace - North Carolina Fashion Bloggermaternity style: white cardigan, wedges, pink dressmaternity style - orange eyelet dress, denim jacket, aztec print scarf

I have had the pleasure of meeting Erin, co-founder of TMRP, in person and she is just as sweet and genuine as they come. And, to top it all off, she has a heart for serving and a heart like that of Jesus – I look up to her so much!

And no, this post is not sponsored in any way. Erin has no idea that I’m even writing it. I am super passionate about this cause – I am even a partner of TMRP and donate monthly! You can be too!

Today (Thursday, October 24th) is the last day of the grab bag event – for $7 plus shipping you can get a random, hand-selected, hand-crafted magazine bead necklace! Christmas gifts, anyone?!

And, if you live in the Triangle area, there’s an AWESOME event coming up on November 2nd, about orphan care and prevention. Details below:TMRP EventAnyway. I truly believe in TMRP and all the good they are doing in Uganda. They truly know what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus and serve the least of these.

And, they make it easy to support them – by shopping for beautiful, unique, handmade items!

What shops or causes are you loving lately? Tell me!