Ubuntu means helping one another in the common spirit of humanity and this is what nonprofit organization, Monkeybiz, strives to do. Founded in 2000, this income-generating bead project has taken South Africa by storm with their belief in and mission to create sustainable employment for women. They have a strong focus on women’s economic empowerment as well as health development - two issues poor communities in South Africa continue to struggle with. The profits are reinvested back into the community in the form of services such as yoga and weekly soup kitchens. Monkeybiz’s commitment to developing artistic careers and skills, providing access to nutritious food, greening townships, and providing care for AIDS orphans through simple bead work is outstanding. One thing I love about Monkeybiz is their pure devotion to their mission. Each piece is unique and signed by the artist (Monkeybiz works with over 450!). The pieces are beautiful, handcrafted with provided wire, recycled cotton, and glass seed beads, and reflect the life of the individual artist. We are so pleased to have Monkeybiz at the Aviary as well as spread a little Ubuntu ourselves. Come check it out - your perfect beaded animal is waiting for you, I promise.