She was just another woman at my gate, tired, thin, and hungry looking.

"Help me," she begged, handing me her medical records. "I'm hungry. My son is hungry." She motions to the child hiding behind her skirts, his belly protruding from his too-small shirt. "I've been sick and haven't had the strength to work for three days. Can you give me food?"

I hesitate, my hand on the gate. Another woman, another decision. I look down at her worn medical book, the pages full of a history of illness. There it is again, those letters I see almost daily since moving here: HIV+

And the child? Also positive.

I glance up
and our eyes meet.
finish the story

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New journals just in time for Christmas!

If you are looking for a beautiful and unique gift this year, look no further than our Akiru journals! We have new stock in route to our etsy store at this very moment with new styles and colors! Our new large journal style includes an antique East African coin on the front and comes in a variety of colors, including maroon and grey. We continue to look for new places to sell our journals and hope to be able to hire more women by the beginning of the year. Be sure to check our etsy store for new varieties coming soon and stock up for Christmas!

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In the middle of Uganda lies the beautiful town of Jinja, at the source of the Nile River. It is there that our friends Johnny and Jen Long run the dopest coffeehouse/restaurant in the country, The Keep. Designed to look like a 12th century medieval fortress, The Keep is now the exclusive carrier of Akiru journals in Uganda. If you're ever in Uganda, The Keep is a must on your to-do list! Also check out the great work Johnny is doing at

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