4.02.2014

customer favorites: earrings


It is so fun to see everyone choose their favorite pieces to order from Noonday. These are the most popular earrings from my Noonday Collection customer orders (side note: y'all have great taste!):





They are all different price points (starting at $20) so everyone can find something to love! I just ordered the Empress earrings (the first picture) to add to my sample collection. They should be arriving soon (I can't quit stalking usps.com for updates.) 

Shop them here: katemcnatt.noondaycollection.com


PS: If you are hoping the Easter bunny is going to leave you some Noonday in your Easter basket amongst the jelly beans and cadbury eggs, the deadline to have (non-backordered) items arrive in time for Easter is this Saturday, 4/5.)



Shown above are the Braided Bullet Earrings (made in Ethiopia) and the Artemis Necklace (made in Haiti):

...after several natural disasters damaged artisan workshops and threatened these important networks, Noonday wanted to be a part of restoring them and helping create an American market for their special pieces. One talented metalworker named Renal lost his entire workshop after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The workshop was a place where many in his community would gather to create works of art that enabled them to sustain themselves, and the entire community was affected by the loss. Renal and his fellow artisans refuse to give up hope, however, and are now working to rebuild. We are proud to purchase from these artisans as they work to rehabilitate and rejuvenate their communities. //read more here.

3.25.2014

dear noonday






Dear Noonday,

Please send our love to all of the ambassadors. Tell them we really appreciate the work they do for us. Every one of us would love to share how noonday orders have changed our lives. Right now we give work to more than 60 women in the Acholi quarters of Banda. These are the women who were displaced by the war in northern Uganda. We have a group of 30 women in the lweza village, 20 women in Sseguku and another 20 in Kitende. All these women did not have any other source of income, and now they are able to support their families from the money they earn by rolling beads for us.

Apart from these 130 women, we have 40 people at the workshop, whose lives have been transformed tremendously. Nemma came to us after her husband abandoned her and her 3 children. They were left with no food, shelter or clothes; we gave her a job, and some home items. Today Nemma can afford to feed her children, pay her rent and clothe them. School fees are still difficult but there is a smile back on her face. We have never seen her smile like we do now.

Maama muzei is a poor widow who had lost all hope after her husband’s death. But now she has found love, hope, and comfort in our workshop. She works hard on Noonday orders and right now she is one of our highest earning employees. Her children are happier now than ever.

Raymond is a young man who never knew the love of his father. His step father managed to help him attend high school, but could not fulfill his dreams of going to university. He has worked for us for two years now, cutting paper, and helping us with our accounting. Through his savings and African Style’s contribution, Raymond started university two weeks ago. He now cuts paper from morning to 4:00pm and then goes to school in the evening. He is a very happy young man, thanks to your orders.

Bukenya and Coral are doing well! Bukenya is now one of our best earners, he has saved enough money to buy land and he is now buying materials to start building his house. He used to live on the street as a homeless man and now he is building his own house!

As for us, you guys have changed our lives. We not only have all of our basic needs met, but we have experienced the joy of sharing with the needy, and that has been very fulfilling. We have grown so much in such a short time. We offer medical help to all our artisans, we provide clean drinking water, and we give micro loans to our workers, which helps them to start their own projects to supplement their income. We also celebrate birthdays for all our workers with cake and soda. Many of our artisans say this is the first birthday they have ever celebrated. We provide accommodation to some of our workers, break tea and even lunch sometimes. We also do a daily bible study and counseling once a week. All these are the joys that you guys have given us. This ministry in business has always been our dream, thank you for helping us to realize it.

May God bless you, thank you for partnering with us in changing lives in Uganda! Blessings!!! 

Jalia




I want to say thank you to YOU! I really appreciate the support you've given Noonday and me as a new ambassador. 

Thank you to those of you who have already made purchases via my website. You are the reason that Jalia and everyone who works with her in Uganda continue to have a dignified livelihood.  

Thanks to all who continue to like and share my information on Facebook. 

Thank you to my sweet friend Erin who said she would host a trunk party! 

And thanks to two very special bloggers for writing about Noonday-be sure to check out their blogs:

Michelle at mhaasPhotography


You all have such amazing hearts and I consider myself lucky to know you!