Partnering together around their joint passion for empowering vulnerable women and girls, Andie K and Heshima Kenya are teaming up for an exclusive event highlighting the unique contributions of women artisans around the world. Andie K is an artist and activist whose passion for women’s rights drives her vision. Inspired by local styles in Africa and Asia, Andie seeks out women artists who rely on handmade beads to support themselves and their families. She uses these beads to craft bold, one-of-a-kind jewelry. To further her mission of women’s empowerment, Andie donates all profits to organizations that benefit women and children.
Heshima Kenya is one of those organizations: it helps refugee girls and women in Kenya rebuild their lives and transform into community leaders and activists. As the only Kenyan organization devoted to the needs of female refugees, Heshima Kenya offers vital services to vulnerable girls and women. By providing female refugees with educational and vocational training, Heshima Kenya empowers them to achieve self-sufficiency and become advocates for change. Through Heshima Kenya’s Maisha Collective, refugee women use traditional hand-dyeing techniques to create unique, vibrant scarves. The income they earn allows them to support themselves and their children.
Andie K and Heshima Kenya share a common goal: the empowerment of women around the world. Their unique collaboration will feature exclusive new jewelry designs by Andie K, made with Fair Trade-certified Kazuri beads from Kenya and inspired by the colors and patterns of Heshima Kenya scarves. Through their partnership, they intend to support women artisans, call attention to the plight of refugee girls and women, and mobilize Chicago leaders who are interested in women’s rights. Together, Andie K and Heshima Kenya are speaking out for vulnerable women worldwide.