Monday, December 27, 2010

Beautiful Beads of Hope

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.

26 comments:

Gretchen said...

I loved the Katogo long necklace and the Katogo bracelet! Thanks for the link; I may have to pass it along to DH...we've got an anniversary coming up in a few weeks :)

kathy55439 said...

I really like the 3 Strand Bracelet
great green color and fun bracelet.....

Jessica said...

I like the single earring. :)

cincodemarko said...

I love all of the pieces, but I especially like the katogo style. The randomness of the bead sizes, styles and colors gives it an eclectic feel that I am drawn to. These women do amazing work! Thank you for introducing me to this site, I have it bookmarked now for future gifts.

Peppermint said...

I love the Katogo Bangle Bracelet. Actually I love everything they make. What a fantastic opportunity for these women. I would love to get to visit with them. I posted this on facebook in hopes others would visit the site and help support these women. What a Blessing these women are able to provide for their families..
Peppermint

Jill Foley said...

My favorite is the three strand bracelet.

faithlikemustard said...

Oooo...I'm a fan of the 5-strand necklace!

I recently ran across a similar program--The Apparent Project (http://www.apparentproject.org)--which gives Haitian women a way to make income. They are also taught parenting skills so that children don't end up in orphanages. It is all a Christian ministry.

Robin said...

I love the three strand bracelet. Thanks for posting this, I think I know what my nieces are getting for Christmas next year.

Kris said...

I love the verigated triple strand! The blue is just gorgeous!

I have heard wonderful things about this company before. So awesome!

Judy said...

The blue Band Bracelet is awesome! But they have such beautiful things it was hard to choose just one favorite! ;)

Familiar Little Frog said...

Totally love the Katogo items.... May have to buy some!

Cheri said...

Michelle
Wonderful blog and thanks for the link to the Father's Love letter! I am sharing it with as many Compassion sponsers. Beads for Life I have know about them for about 2 years and love their products and the whole concept. I work with some girls in my church who call their ministry J4Hope (jewelry 4 hope). They make jewelry and sell it and this years started to sponsor their first Compassion Child and are buying malaria nets. We were able to buy some of the loose beads they sell and make some necklaces and sell those. We told people it was giving 3 times. Once to Uganda, second to j4Hope and third to the person that received the gift. It was a big hit. I love their 3 strand bracelets and the long Katogo necklaces! Again wonderful blog!

Alia Macrina Heise said...

I like the men's bracelet best actually. But I am digging the idea of ordering some loose beads because I am dread locking some of my hair and the beads would be super cool in it :) Don't have to enter me in the drawing, let someone else win, I just wanted to share :)

- Marybeth I. said...

I love the green five strand necklace!

misaacmom at gmail dot com

~Chris~ said...

What a wonderful Give away. I love all their Items but since we have to choose 1 here is my fav. 3 Strand Bracelet in Blue. It's so brillian.
Thank you for this great give away and chance to win such a beautiful and meaningful Item!

Corina said...

I just found out about them, too!! I LOVE their stuff. I ordered a bag a loose beads and created Christmas gifts from them. I love their bracelets - especially the green one! : )

orchids R4me said...

What a wonderful Company Bead For Life. It is great that they are able to make an income on doing this. They are all so nice and hard to pick what you like as I like all of them but really loving Blue band bracelet and and and..lol

Cathrine said...

I love the triple earrings!!!

Sara said...

Thanks so much for sharing this company with your readers. I will love to support them when I am able. All of the jewelry is beautiful! I really like the band bracelet, but have a very difficult time narrowing it down to one!

Jinxy and Me said...

What a great company! I like the Triple Swirl Necklace. Thanks for the giveaway!

nesta 67 {at} live dot com

RZ said...

Ooh. what pretty jewelry!! I love the band bracelet and 3 strand necklace. You're right, they are definitely very reasonably priced!! thanks for sharing

Kristan said...

Michelle, I love your heart ♥ I have been looking at the Beads for Life site almost daily as I prepare for a trip to Uganda in August 2011. I may try to make a soap using their shea butter, purchase some loose beads for my Sunday school kids to make necklaces or bracelets, purchase the curriculum for my own children or the middle school group at church and/or have a Bead Party. My faves are the Katogo strands.

Living in Taradise said...

Katogo items and I would LOVE THE LOOSE BEADS!

Erika Burns said...

I think the reason behind the making of this beautiful jewlry is my favorite part. It is all fabulous pieces of art i cant decide witch is my Fave.

Kelly said...

Lovely pieces! I really like the band bracelet. But the three strand bracelet and the earrings are pretty, too...oh and...and...:) It's lovely of you to promote this website and they work they are doing!

steph said...

So I have been out of town for a little while and been off the computer and have not got to check in on your blog but this excites me! I have a heart for Africa and my cousin who has a birthday coming up has been on two trips there so this is perfect for her! Thanks for posting it! Blessings to you.
Steph

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