Thursday, September 17, 2009

bead for life

The Triple Swirl necklace is pretty and elegant with a touch of class. Looks fantastic with both office clothes and eveningwear. It combines three beads together to form larger beads that are joined together by translucent seed beads. This necklace is an original creation by BeadforLife beaders. Approximately 18-21 inches long. $20 USD

The five-strand necklace will fit anyone's wardrobe needs. Full and colorful, it will add pizzazz to your business attire and elegance to your best dress. For a different look twist the five strands around one another. Five strands, all in one, the perfect fit for today's fashion trends. Approximately 18-21 inches long.
$30 USD

Their story:
On our website, you will find stories about fascinating and inspiring people both in Uganda and in other parts of the world. (Check out Meet the Beaders.) Our beaders and tailors are primarily impoverished women who are hardworking, intelligent, and strong in their desire to improve their lives. They make gorgeous handcrafted paper beads from recycled paper and turn them into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Because the beaders use recycled, colorful paper, the beads help prevent environmental degradation. What was trash becomes beauty, money, food, and hope.

Click here to see how a bead is rolled

Our goal is for our members to be independent of BeadforLife within 27 months by being able to support themselves within the Ugandan economy. To assist members in launching their own small businesses or in creating new revenue streams, we provide entrepreneurial training, facilitate savings accounts, and make business funds available.

Because our jewelry is hand made from recycled paper, each bead is unique. Over 300 members and many of their family members are currently making beads – perhaps 1000 people in all. The sizes and colors of our items may vary reflecting the uniqueness of the woman who made them.

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