Shopping with a Conscience

100% of the profits from sales are reinvested
to fund academic and poverty-reduction projects in Nomathamsanqa, South Africa

ADDO | UP bracelets: advancement one bead at a time

ADDO | UP bracelets: advancement one bead at a time

ADDO | UP Empowerment Bracelet

Nomathamsanqa artisans unite, bead by bead, in the spirit of individual and community advancement to fulfill the hope of equality. Recognizing the abundant South African energy and talent, UP pays craftspeople a wage that is at least 2.5 times their normal salary.

Beading helps residents purchase food, paraffin to cook, electricity, school uniforms, and more. We hope you will consider supporting this amazingly motivated group as members care for their families and send themselves and/or loved ones to school.

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EDUCATION FOR ALL: tank and short-sleeve T's

We have a limited number of our UP t-shirts, and we would like to move them out to make room for our next creation; so they are on sale. The message is a universal: Education For All. Thank you for purchasing and for helping to spread the UP mission of justice, civility, and hope.

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linking old school xhosa flair to the music of today

linking old school xhosa flair to the music of today

Peace Brothers CD

Peace Brothers, a singing group that performs in the isicathamiya, a capella, South African style, was founded in 1995 in Addo to bring comfort through music. After 20 years of patience and faith, the group recorded its first album in 2015 and dreams of spreading its sound beyond its Xhosa village. 

In partnership with Universal Promise, the Peace Brothers are proud to donate a portion of the profits from CD sales to support UP's educational initiatives in Addo. When you purchase a CD, you will empower them and the others they will serve. 

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the hats that make you cool and keep you warm

the hats that make you cool and keep you warm

Crocheted Hats

The Ilizwe Crafting Initiative were happy to learn a new skill - crocheting - and skillfully made nearly 100 hats to test the market in the USA. These hats, formally called Topie Thwala in South Africa, are made of thick, cozy, but not itchy (!) yarn and are guaranteed to make you cool and keep you warm. 

If you're eager to have your own, visit Mission, the famous burger joint in Newport, RI, where they have put their Mission stamp on our South African caps. Or email us for colors that make you happy! Be cool. Stay warm. Be cool. Stay generous.

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The talent in Addo is extraordinary and should be shared with the world!
They create. You shop. They rise. It's all good.