FRIDAY FAVES: THE AKAZI PROJECT
Hi fellow Bounteous Babes (yes you better believe that all of you are bounteous and generous women). I have an exciting announcement to make:
I am now an Ambassador with The Akazi Project!
I have featured one of their products before as a giveaway (remember those cute tassel earrings?) so you have seen them on the IG recently, but not necessarily the blog. In the main photo for this post, I am wearing their Mwala Necklace! And if you still don’t know who they are well don’t go anywhere because I am going to tell you all the amazing things about this non-profit.
The Akazi Project is a non-profit that focuses on employing women and funding cervical cancer screenings in Malawi. They do this by selling handcrafted jewelry with gems that are ethically sourced from Malawi. If you don’t know where Malawi is, it is a small land-locked country locked in southeastern Africa. It is known as warm heart of Africa. Unfortunately, for the last few years Malawi continues to have the highest cervical cancer rate in the world. Malawi also has the highest mortality rate due to many women not being screened. Cervical cancer is both preventable and curable and early screenings can help save thousands of lives every year.
I work in the field of public health and I absolutely love it. I am so passionate about helping prevent sickness and mortality in my community. Often we are reactive when it comes to our health, going to see a doctor to be treated once we observe peculiar symptoms. But public health is about creating practices and educating people on how to prevent disease in the first place. The fact that the Akazi Project focuses on a current major public health issue makes me feel so passionate and blessed to be apart of something thats so desperately needed. I also can’t get over the fact that three young women (Megan Malone, Hunter Lambert, and Ciara Tilon) discovered a need within a community and instead of ignoring it they created a non-profit to help address it. It has always been a goal of mine to start a non-profit or social enterprise that works toward eliminating a public health issue. So I definitely admire and look-up to these ladies as major #goals. To make it even better, these ladies also live in San Diego. Needless to say, I feel very connected to this non-profit for a few different reasons and thats why I am so excited to partner up with them.
Their jewelry collection is the perfect balance of simple yet stunning. From their Maya Rings to their Moni Necklaces there is definitely something for everybody. I highly encourage you to treat yourself to a beautiful piece of hand-crafted jewelry while helping protect public health at the same time! We all have the ability to help make change and you can help save women in Malawi by making a purchase today!