1000 Shillings Jewelry – Empowering Impoverished Women Worldwide

The accomplishment I am most proud of, in the past 3 years, has been growing my own bookkeeping business (and more recently, this blog) in order to support my family financially.  I am grateful that I had the education, experience and resources to help make my dream a reality.

1000 shillings

What if you had the dream and the talent, but no resources?  That’s where 1000 Shillings comes in.

1000 Shillings works with impoverished women artisans around the world, giving their products an international market for limited edition, high quality products, a platform for women to tell their stories, and seed capital for women to start their own businesses.

Here is one of the lovely ladies who is being helped by the program:

Veronica is a native to Namatala, Uganda. She grew up with her nine sisters and one brother in the same compound where she lives today with her own children.

Her father owns property in Namatala and gave each of his daughters their own plot of land. Veronica was able to build on the land when she received a microfinance grant from a local nonprofit organization. She built a small house that has eight bedrooms, each about the size of a walk-in closet. She lives in the front of the house with her six children and rents the six remaining rooms at 10,000 ($4) Ugandan Shillings per month each. Though the income is small, she feels fortunate to receive this money each month.

VeronicaSeven of her siblings still live in Namatala, and her mother and father live just inches away in the house next door. Most nights, you can often find them playing basic instruments and singing.

Veronica takes care of nine children, three of her own biological children; Sharon, Shariko, and Joseph. She also cares for six of her brother’s children after her brother died and her sister-in-law wasn’t able to provide for them.

Veronica was married in 1986 and was with the same man until 2007; “we didn’t rhyme” is the way Veronica describes their relationship. Veronica is being humble, as the man didn’t provide for her family and often spent time with other women. She left him and now struggles to support the children she is caring for.

Veronica dreams of being able to pay for her children’s school fees. Her children have ambitious dreams of becoming lawyers, policemen, and nurses, and she hopes to be able to support them long enough that they will be successful.

You can check out more of the beautiful jewelry at http://www.1000shillings.com.

Let’s help empower others this year and give some beautiful gifts your friends and family will love!!

Consequences by Liz Schulte Book Review

Title: Consequences

Author: Liz Schulte

Series: Guardian  Trilogy

Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: September 2012

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Pages: 230 pages

About the Book:

In the final installment of the Guardian Trilogy, hope is born, alliances change, and the fate of a world is held in the hands of two people.

Forced to face the wrath of either Heaven or Hell, Olivia and Holden must choose a side before a war begins and tears their lives apart forever. They always felt an unseen force brought them together, but was it to prevent the end of their world or to ensure it?

Their Secrets threatened to destroy them. Their Choices lead them to this moment. The Consequences cannot be avoided.

AmazonMy Review:

I am a big fan of Liz Schulte’s, having already read Secrets (The Guardian Trilogy) and Choices (The Guardian Trilogy) (you can read my review of Choices here). Consequences (The Guardian Trilogy) like its sisters, did not disappoint.

I especially enjoyed watching Olivia gain self-confidence with her new powers and learn to trust her own decisions.  I also enjoyed Olivia and Holden’s love/hate relationship.  Don’t worry, there is resolution in this, the final book of the trilogy, but it may surprise you.

Yet again, look for deception around the turn.  One of the saddest parts of the book is Olivia’s realization that there are few she can trust.  No one is quite as they seem, good or bad.  In fact, good and bad are not as clearly defined as Olivia (or the reader) may think.

Consequences is a very satisfying end to a passionate, unsettling series.

I give Consequences four angel kisses.

About the Author:

Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn’t always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.

When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.
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I received a review copy of this book for the purpose of the interview thanks to Promotional Book Tours.  Regardless, all opinions are mine.