About Us final

1000 Shillings aims to connect people around the world through storytelling and high-quality artisan products. We strive to replicate the unique experience of buying from a local artisan while shopping in an international marketplace.

Each product sold on 1000 Shillings is unique to the website and sold as a limited edition piece. When you buy from 1000 Shillings your money is going to help the women we work with start their own small businesses with the ultimate goal of empowering them to stand alone as small business owners.

The goal of 1000 Shillings is that you get to know the woman you are buying from, and then, through purchasing her products, you help her to become a self-sufficient businesswoman that is able to support her family.


Combined we have worked in Nepal, China, Thailand, Mexico and Italy and have found inspiration and made friendships with women around the world. However, it was not until working closely with six women of the Namatala slum in Uganda that we fully understood the impact that small enterprises run by women can have on the success of a family and community.


1000 Shillings was born in the Namatala slum of Mbale, Uganda. While working with women on creating paper-bead jewelry, we realized the need for an international market place and a platform to empower them to tell their stories. Currently, we are working with six women in Namatala to create paper bead jewelry, and these women will be the first to provide products for 1000 Shillings.


1000 Shillings became the name of the company based on the amount of money that the average woman in the Namatala slum lives on per day – approximately 1,000 Ugandan Shillings ($.40).


The Crested Crane is the national bird of Uganda. This animal symbolizes the beginnings of 1000 Shillings working with six women in the Namatala slum of Mbale, Uganda.