Fashion is a storyteller. What you wear can say volumes about who you are, and even what you believe in. At ModCloth, we’re enthusiastic believers in one of our newest brands, MEND! Maybe you’ve seen the From Uganda with Love Bag in Laker and Lamunu in our New Arrivals section, and know that each bag is handmade in Uganda. If you didn’t know that little story, keep on reading, because it’s one worth telling.
As a subdivision of Invisible Children, MEND trains women who were former abducted child soldiers to become self-sufficient seamstresses, allowing them to support themselves and their families in a region that hasn’t known stability for decades. Abducted women are often used as sex slaves, and those lucky enough to escape are ostracized by society because of their affiliation with the rebels. MEND empowers these women again with employment so they can save money and earn interest for the first time in their lives. Each MEND bag proudly bears a tag and autobiographical card showing the name of the woman who sewed your bag, such as Amono Lily below.
MEND and Invisible Children’s goal is usher war-torn Uganda into social stability, and believes in long-term development and direct communication with individuals and local institutions to best understand the needs of those crippled areas, whether it’s providing over 800 scholarships for young students and launching micro-economic programs, or continuing its documentary work and leading thousands of young volunteers stateside.
“We believe that the problems of central Africa need to be tackled comprehensively, from peace to education. Solving them is no easy task, and it will take all of us doing all that we can to ensure it,” says the Invisible Children site. To see more videos or learn how you can make an impact, check out the Invisible Children’s website.