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Ng'ombe Jewelry Project
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FREE Woman Ng'ombe is a project generating income for women in the Ng'ombe community through copper jewelry-making. Our goal is to add value to Zambia's copper through manufacturing. Too often African nations are stripped of their natural resources with no value
​addition taking place before export. The result is that the country gets little
​benefit from its natural resources.

Our jewelry is made from recycled copper hot water heaters and from electrical
​wire. We're moving toward processing our own semi-precious gemstones which
​will add greater value and appeal to our jewelry.

Each piece of jewelry purchased is packaged in a small chitenge bag. These bags are sewn by Vida,
​a women in the Ng'ombe community who is deaf mute. Vida and her three sisters are disabled but talented and determined to make a way for themselves. Vida also sews aprons for The Café @ MLFC.
​Her sister Victoria is assisting with food preparations at the café. 

We've developed a good quality line of marketable jewelry. As markets develop, this paves the way
​to scale up the project and include more women, thus multiplying the impact of the project, as each woman who earns an income can support her extended family.

  ​(SWSC is an offshoot of the Ng'ombe project)
Linda Moono, former project coordinator for FREE, together with ​Margaret K. and Margaret P. traveled to Solwezi to teach copper ​jewelry-making to the students of Same World ​Same Chance.
​SWSC is a rural school for disadvantaged girls.  ​This was made possible
​through Kansanshi Mine, a large copper mine on Zambia's Copperbelt.

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