As a single, young adult, I find it rather hard to cook for myself. Cooking for one is not quite as exciting as cooking for a special someone, or a crowd of your favorite friends. So when I feel rather uninspired, I throw on my Ugandan ruffle apron. Because cooking in style (with some good tunes cranking in the kitchen, of course) just seems to make whipping up the latest and greatest recipe that much better.
This is my friend Collettah. She is full of laughter, joy, and creativity. She knows deep pain and chooses to carry herself with diginity and pride. Although living in rural Uganda, she puts on a beautiful dress everyday, feeds her children, keeps up the house, and then walks from her village over to Canaan Farm where she is a part of the tailoring project that we at Yobel employ. One of our best sewers, she spends much of her day making the very items (including this apron) that we sell at our store in Colorado Springs.
When I look into Collettah's eyes, I understand why the work we do at Yobel is important. The dignity, joy, and life that we see everyday in Collettah was not there when we first met her. But through education, empowerment, and teaching, she has learned a trade. She has gained knowledge that nobody can take from her ever again.
By purchasing one of these apron's, you are offering Collettah more opportunities to pursue a life outside of poverty, and a chance to share that same opportunity with her children.
Now, each time I put my ruffle apron on, I think of Collettah's face, and enjoy cooking just a little bit more, knowing that something as insignificant as an apron can connect people's lives in a much deeper way.