The Forest Upcycling Project has branched out even further, and now employs a woman from Uganda, named Stella Aguti. Her role in the charity is to buy and ship African products to England, particularly good quality coffee beans for the new coffee van. Working for the charity means Stella has a steady income of money, meaning she can send her children to school and can have enough food to eat.
“Hello, my name is Stella Aguti I am a mother of three children living in a place called Namatala in the town of Mbale in south-eastern Uganda. For most of the past decade I have been making a living through buying a few perishable goods (tomatoes, onions) at the central market each day and selling them onto my neighbours. I live in part of the town that some would call a slum.
I have a two room dwelling where I stay with my husband and three children. We all do our best. I go to the local church on Sunday, which is the one day where I get some rest. It is a hard life, and one I did not expect when I completed my education. Like many people in Uganda I have a good education, but have not had the opportunity to put that education to use. There are so few jobs, and those who get them often pay a bribe to be selected. I really want to work and make a difference. I also want to make sure my three children grow up and have a better life than the one I have.
I cannot describe how totally grateful I am for the opportunity Forest Upcycling has given me. With a monthly wage and the opportunity to put my business skills to better use. I am helping the charity buy coffee for the new coffee van (we have some of the best coffee in the world in Mbale!). I am also hoping to start buying Christmas cards and craft items for sale through Forest Upcycling so you can see the gift we have for making things. With your help I can educate my children properly and think about improving my living conditions. I will work with all my strength for Forest Upcylcing. Though I am many miles away, I share in your desire to make the world a better place. THANK YOU SO MUCH.”
We want to welcome Stella to the team at Forest Upcycling Project and look forward to the valued contribution she can make as our tenth member of staff. We have already started correspondence with Stella via email and she is already proving herself to be a conscientious employee.
When you buy donated second hand furniture from Forest Upcycling, you are supporting the employment of vulnerable people in Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Uganda.