Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bead-Making Helps Ugandan Women Shed Poverty

The women of Kampala make the beads out of magazine paper. BeadforLife, the Colorado nonprofit behind the movement, imports and sells the beads at bead parties and online, and the money goes back to Kampala to buy land and build homes, send children to school, and help the women start businesses and improve their health through malaria treatments and mosquito nets.

"The draw is the beads, but really, it's an opportunity to get a discussion going about extreme poverty and how if we work collectively, we can change people's lives."

Gorgeous beads and a fantastic cooperative. This is why women are often the ones to get it done.

For more information see Bead For Life.

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Blogger Craig Knaak said...

Thanks for the good ideas... Lesson on not taking one's own relative prosperity for granted.
Now, hmm.. I suppose the question is what should I do about it.. about the folks who have had less opportunities than I have.

July 28, 2008 at 5:03:00 PM PDT  

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