April 5, 2012

Light Gives Heat

Necklace: c/o Light Gives Heat
Light Gives Heat is a non-profit organization with a vision to rebuild and renew Africa from the inside out, as well as see people in the West live with hope.  Dave and Morgan Hansow quit their jobs, rented out their home, and boarded a plane bound with hope themselves, as they flew across the world to Uganda to adopt their child.  In the midst of finding her, Light Gives Heat was created.  Five years later, they are empowering Africans, and giving women the means to work with a steady income, to be able to provide for their families.  These talented women create products made from up-cycled paper beads.  Mokoda Hellen created the necklace I am wearing here.  She is 35 and has 4 children.  You can read more about Light Gives Heat here, about the women behind the products here, and help support the cause by visiting Light Gives Heat's shops here.


Andrea D said...

I thought those looked like paper beads! Very pretty.
It's always the best when you can be fashionable AND help support those in need at the same time.
I only wish I'd found this sooner...those necklaces would have made sweet Easter gifts! Maybe Mother's day will work :)

Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

Stevie said...

Dave and Morgan Hansow are from my hometown of Grand Junction, CO!I remember always seeing them at the local farmers market in GJ selling these!Its wonderful what they are doing and this cause really is one to support!Thanks for bringing attention to it on your blog!! :)

Rory said...

Those are really pretty! I love when things are not only fashionable but for a good cause as well. Makes it more justifiable to dish out the money on yet another piece of jewelry! :)

Jin said...

what a great cause....I would love to go to Africa.

Andrea {kerubo mama} said...

That's wonderful! While my hubs and I lived in Kenya we saw a number of women selling beads like this that they made. It's so great to be able to support someone who needs it while at the same time looking fashionable. Thanks for raising awareness!! xoxo

Ro said...

That necklace is gorgeous!

There is a song by Jars of Clay called "Light Gives Heat" which is a beautiful song.. I wonder if they are related in any way?

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Beautiful cause and beautiful necklace!

KylaJ said...

It's funny you posted this because I am a pretty frequent reader of yours (found through pinterest) and I am a college student in Utah at Utah Valley University- today two guys in my class presented an art project explaining this EXACT thing! They actually lived in Uganda for two years and told us about how people in Uganda actually make these beads for a living and sell them on necklaces. In person they are just beautiful! We were actually able to make some ourselves. Pretty interesting and ironic that you posted this, and thought I would share!! P.S- You are so beautiful, inside and out. :)

{Liana} said...

Glad you shared this, and that necklace is lovely:)

Anonymous said...

Love this look and love the cause! You should also check out 31 Bits at http://31bits.com/ They also sell paper beads for a great cause!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for mentioning Light Gives Heat in your blog and we are grateful that you have supported us in the past. Currently we are in a contest to win $50K with Cultivate Wines. All we need are votes. Voting goes until June 30th and votes can be casted daily. If you can please share this link in your blog www.voteLGH.com this would help us out a ton.

Chrissy Anzlovar

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