A few months ago, I heard about the company Bead For Life. With my heart for Africa and desire to help those living in poverty, I wanted to learn more.
On this page of their website, I learned about the women in Uganda who now have an opportunity to earn income, thanks to this company.
“Our beaders, tailors, and shea nut gatherers 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. The women who gather the shea nuts search the landscape early in the morning looking for the finest nuts. They dry and husk the nuts and sell them to BeadforLife creating opportunities for themselves and their families.
Our goal is for our members to be independent of BeadforLife within 18 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. In the rural areas our program focuses on agricultural development.
BeadforLife sponsors Community Development projects in health, vocational training for impoverished youth, affordable housing, and business development. These projects are financed with the net profits from the sale of the beads and shea butter products and support not only our members, but other impoverished people living in Uganda.”
On Friday, I received a package with a gift of a beautiful green beaded necklace from Bead For Life. I also received some of their yummy shea butter lip balm and three colorful bracelets. All of the products are lovely! The prices on their website are very reasonable. In fact, I received some money from family for Christmas and I plan to buy another necklace and a couple of bracelets!
I would like to host a giveaway for the three bracelets I received! (I have single strands of green, blue and katogo and will randomly choose who gets what!)
How To Enter: Go to the Bead For Life Store and browse through their beautiful products. Come back here and leave a comment telling what your favorite item(s) were! I will draw three names Thursday morning (12/30) and mail each of you a bracelet!
Contest Rules: Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to US residents only! You will need to check back on Thursday to see if you won! I will put up a new blog post with the name of the three winners. Winners will need to email me with their mailing address within one week, or I will draw another name.