Zuri Styles begins with a single mom in Uganda. She and her two small kids lived in a garage with a dirt floor, which was more mud than dirt. This situation was making her children sick, and providing bare necessities seemed impossible.
One day, in 2010, while I was working in my office in Uganda, this lovely young lady approached me. Reaching into her bag, she revealed a bundle of charming handmade jewelry. With a hopeful look, she stared at the product in her hands and pleaded, “Can you please help me sell these to your colleagues and friends?”
She risked me taking the jewelry, selling it, and never giving her the return. I asked her why she would put her trust in me. She replied, “This shows you how desperate I am. I have kids to feed, clothe, and provide for. I am looking for a way out.”
In Uganda, a woman stricken with poverty is a prime target for human trade. This step of faith was her last hope to escape the grip of slavery. I agreed to help her, not knowing the extent of her plight. For several years we partnered together. She made the jewelry; I would sell her products and then return to her 100% of the sales.
A couple of years later, my family had the opportunity to relocate to the United States. I continued to sell the jewelry from my new friend in Uganda, but God placed a call on my heart to help even more vulnerable women.
After a return visit to Uganda, I brought home a lovely collection of handmade products, and Zuri Styles was born.
With your purchase, you are helping keep one more woman from the grip of human trafficking. Thanks for walking this journey with them.