So moving forward in 2015, meeting new people, designing new products, taking orders and booking shows for the year.
However I have realised that many people do not understand what I do or the fact that my business is ethically sound and sustainable. We are all so aware of the devastation of Rhinos and Elephants that people automatically assume working with any type of horn is harmful and damaging to the environment. Many people are not used to seeing cows with horns, particularly not as large as the Ankole Cows, so people automatically assume they are endangered wildlife.
But our cows in Uganda are bred for their dairy and meat, just as they are in the rest of the world. I am married to an agriculturalist, and I strongly believe that if you are going to raise an animal to eat, then you should use as much of that animal as possible. In Africa everything is eaten, the skin is used for leather which leaves the horn. Neither edible nor profitable to the farmers unless it is used for products such as mine.
We provide increased income streams to the farmers by purchasing the horns and employment to the artisans who craft these amazing products.
Working with horn is not always detrimental; it can provide much needed incomes into rural communities which help Ugandans to transform their lives, and that of their children.
We already have this amazing resource in our food chain, let’s use what we have!