Mama Pendo, meaning The Mother of Love in Kiswahili, is the jewelry brand of the "Umoja" women empowerment group from Namuwongo slum, Kampala, Uganda. The initiative comes to improve the life status of these women, some of which are refugees from the war ridden territories of Uganda, some single mothers struggling to give their children a proper education. The first and most basic need is to build their financial and social strength and independence. To achieve this goal "Little Light Uganda" NGO invited the mothers of the children benefiting from the "Little Light" education program and initiated the “Umoja” empowerment group. The women chose to call this group “Umoja”, meaning “Unity”, from a Swahili proverb – Umoja ndio nguvu which means - unity is strength. The group works in three axis of activity:
- Cycle of Beads: where women create ecological jewelry from recycled newspaper and market it both in Uganda and abroad.
- Health care: where women attain treatment and health education including reproductive health, sanitation and raising a healthy child.
- Micro finance: in which women save and take micro loans for their personal economic development.