Bracelets for bati

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Global Mission Support

Steven and Bethany Friberg are ELCA missionaries in Tanzania. Steven is a physician. They have helped establish rural clinics for the Maasai. Bethany also works with Maasai women in their income-generating projects, which mostly involve beadwork. To support the Fribergs, or another of the ELCA’s nearly 250 missionaries, go to

The Maasai women make beaded bracelets to raise money to build homes.

The Maasai women make beaded bracelets to raise money to build homes.

Sixty Maasai women in northern Tanzania have a goal — that each one will build a two-room permanent home with a roof of corrugated metal roofing sheets, called “bati” in Swahili. These would replace primitive, thatched-roof huts. Building houses has traditionally been women’s work so this idea came naturally when a supply of beads was donated to Naapok Project. By making and selling extra bracelets, the women have money to put aside for bati and trusses.

With the help of family and friends, the walls are made of termite-resistant cedar poles, horizontal branches, small stones and plaster of ash, dirt, sand and manure. Once the roof is on, the local evangelist is called to dedicate and bless the home.

So far 15 houses have been built. Many of you have been crucial in the process of turning bracelets into bati.

Thank you for buying bracelets!

Bethany Friberg


5 Responses to 'Bracelets for bati'

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  1. Ron Gustafson said,

    on October 11th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is great work. Please keep supporting all of this!!
    God’s Peace

  2. Ann Mitromaras said,

    on October 15th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    How can you purchase these bracelets?

  3. Martha Radatz said,

    on October 24th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I, too, would like to know how you can purchase these bracelets. We have an annual Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair in December, where I think these would be well received.

  4. Cyn Bowen said,

    on February 8th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I purchased two bracelets, and several items for gifts when the Friberg’s spoke to our Confirmation group in January. I wear the bracelets every day…they help me feel a bit more connected with those doing God’s work so far away. What a blessing you all are!!

  5. scripture bracelets said,

    on May 28th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Such an incredible feat to provide for their families. It is incredible the lengths a mother will go for her children.