Written by halderbush on Jan 15 ♥ Filled under 31 Bits,Charity,Magazine

On June 24, Sophia went to Jinja which still is in Uganda. This time Soph and her friends have met the ladies who works for another ethical and fashion company which is called Akola Project (which means “she works”) and which empowers women and breaks the cycle of poverty for thousands of children. They visited the workshops and Sophia and Barbara have even had the opportunity to make their own jewelry.

normal_Sophia-Bush-Uganda-Trip_2015_028 “#tbt to this summer, visiting @akolaproject in Uganda with my #sisterfromanothermister @consciousco. We spent the day getting to know the incredible women artisans whose lives have been changed for the better since finding work and education opportunists with Akola. And we got to bead. Aaaaaand maybe we might have designed some pieces of our own (maybe meaning we did!) that are going to be available through Akola soon. Talk about a #dreamcometrue. #FashionWithPurpose #BeadBabes #UgandaMakeAnImpactOnWomenAndGirls” See it on Sophia’s instagram!  

Then they went to the Wildwaters Lodge hotel… And on June 25 they went back to Akola Project’s workshops to learn how to make jewelry with Uganda’s women and when they arrived they were welcomed by women who were dancing and singing!

normal_Sophia-Bush-Uganda-Trip_2015_42 “This is Praise. She’s the loom master at @akolaproject. And in this moment she’s showing me how to loom with raffia, which she miraculously is able to make into the most stunning handbags. The process requires patience, a great eye for pattern, and is actually quite meditative. Much like anyone who’s truly skilled at something complicated, Praise makes working the loom seem so easy. I assure you it is not! I know because I tried. She was incredibly patient with me as I learned — and screwed up a zillion times — just as she has been in teaching all of the artisans who are now working alongside her. She said, “thank you for supporting our work,” to which I immediately replied, “we support your work because we LOVE your work. It’s truly beautiful.” And I mean that. Praise deserves all the praise I can offer. She’s a true artist, and a women empowering so many women in Jinja. #UgandaBeInspired #FashionWithPurpose #madewithlove” See it on Sophia’s instagram!  

On June 26 and June 27, Sophia and her tribe went back to Kampala but this time it was in order to visit the workshops of Sseko Designs, a fashion brand based in Uganda which produces handbags, accessories and beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways and which uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. They had the chance to meet the team and they even danced, laughed and sang with them!

normal_Sophia-Bush-Uganda-Trip_2015_008 “These young women are becoming the leaders of tomorrow, at Cornerstone Leadership Academy, thanks to support from @ssekodesigns and all of their #GreatCustomers. I tried (and failed!) to hide my tears at CLA today as we heard from the students. And our table decor!? We love you too, ladies. What a magical place. What magical girls. #UgandaBeInspired #EmpoweredGirls #LiveGreat #ConsciousCommerce”  

On june 29, Sophia and her tribe left Uganda in order to go to Cape Town, in South Africa.

“Leaving Uganda today with a full heart, an inspired mind, and an activated spirit. There is so much joy here. The women we spent our time with will forever be stitched into my heart. And they’ve taught me a thing or two about how to greet your friends with the most epic welcome dances! I can’t wait to show you all what I’m cooking up with Akola Project, Sseko Designs, and 31 bits! #FashionWithPurpose #ConsciousCommerce #UgandaBeInspired” Read it here on Soph’s Instagram.  

On june 30 all of them climbed to the top of the Lion’s Head, a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. On July 1th, they went to Hermanus where they had the incredible chance to observe some whales and sharks.

Sophia and her tribe left Africa on June 3rd!

If you wanna revive Sophia’s trip to Uganda, here is a video of her exploring her three favorite ethical companies – Sseko Designs, 31 bits and Akola Project.