Local Non-Profit Hosts Holiday Sale To Benefit Women Of Africa

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Amani ya Juu, a non-profit sewing and training program for marginalized women throughout Africa, will usher in the upcoming holiday season with a Fair-Trade Christmas Sale, Dec. 5-7, at its Chattanooga warehouse center, 420 South Willow St. Sale hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

“We’ll be offering discount prices on select Amani items during the sale,” says Molly Gardner, event coordinator for Amani ya Juu’s Chattanooga location, adding, “and, as with any Amani purchase, the proceeds will go directly toward our production locations in Africa.”

Amani offers a selection of handbags, home and kitchen décor, jewelry and children’s items, all hand crafted from local African materials. Each product not only reflects materials unique to the region, but also showcases the training and talents of the individual creators, who employ methods such as stitching, screen printing and batik in their designs.  

Amani ya Juu, which means “higher peace” in Swahili, is a fair-trade sewing and training program for marginalized women in the African nations of Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Through Amani, women not only gain experience in stitching and design, but also in business skills such as purchasing, bookkeeping, quality control and management.  Amani ya Juu is dedicated to helping these women to work together through faith in God, who provides a higher peach that transcends cultural and ethnic differences, officials said. 

The organization, which was begun in Nairobi in 1996 by four women, including Chattanooga native, Becky Chinchen, now has five locations in Africa, as well as locations in Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga. For more information, visit amaniafrica.org, and look for Amani on Facebook. Amani ya Juu is a Fair Trade Federation member.


Ambi Artists Creative Meeting And Craft And Crop Is Dec. 4

The next Ambi Artists Creative Meeting and Craft and Crop will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road.    Ambi Artists is a “cross-pollinator” where creatives of all stripes gather to reignite their creative spark. Typical get-togethers include writers and poets, fine artists and sculptors, photographers ... (click for more)

Miss Rhomania Pageant Concludes Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Founders Day Celebration

Fourteen young ladies graced the stage of the Community Theatre at Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 15, with poise and elegance vying for the crown and title at the Miss Rhomania Pageant. The Miss Rhomania Pageant is Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s highly anticipated scholarship fundraiser in Chattanooga held every three years.  The pageant is a 10-month experience that begins ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)