Kech Pe Tii is a Luo acronym for “hunger does not grow old”, meaning as long as one is alive, one has to strive to avoid the pang of hunger. This acronym is perfectly identified with the women communities we work with.

This program is designed to provide income opportunities for the women and men from poor communities of Uganda through handcraft training, production and sales.

GoSmile Uganda has tapped into the artistry and industriousness of the extraordinary Kech Pe Tii women. The women make beautiful, colorful jewelry from paper.  We have developed markets for these individual works of art so that these women can get the best price from their products and this motivates them every day. In this way, the women are actually using their skills and hard work to help pull themselves out of poverty. Through the sale of their beautiful, handmade paper bead jewelry, the women can feed their families, send their children to school, and look forward to a richer future.

Beautiful paper jewelry made by the women of Uganda. The jewelry is made with beautiful beads created from used paper. These beads are made by cutting the paper into long triangles and rolling tightly. They are then lacquered and strung into gorgeous necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Beautiful hand-woven baskets that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns are available for sale. In addition to finding them useful, you will see they are also works of art. Depending upon the size and design of the basket, each basket takes about 5 days to make.