Pan Africanism : Bead For Life

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    http://www.beadforlife.org/index.html


    Welcome to BeadforLife
    BeadforLife is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. On our website, you’ll find fascinating stories about our inspiring members who work in Uganda. Our members are impoverished, hardworking and intelligent women with a strong desire to improve their lives. Our members in Kampala and Iganga make beautiful handcrafted paper beads from recycled paper and turn them into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. While the farmers in Otuke collect the finest quality shea nuts which they sell to BeadforLife. The shea nuts get pressed into Shea Butter Soap and Peppermint Lip Balm.
    Click here to see how a bead is rolled
    Click here to see how shea butter is made
    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. See how many people we have touched in our first years.
    BeadforLife is guided by the following principles:
    1. Creating businesses and jobs through entrepreneurial development is a more sustainable approach to poverty eradication than providing aid. Rather than becoming dependent on handouts from abroad, members build their skills and long-term capacities through meaningful creative work.
    2. Concerned citizens in resource-abundant countries care about the issues of extreme poverty and are willing to get involved.
    3. Paying the members fair trade prices allows them to meet their daily economic needs. Investing 100% of our net profits in community development projects for impoverished Ugandans allows for a long-term sustainable future.
    4. Working together enriches all of us.




    Welcome to the Bead Circle!
    BeadforLife is part of an international grassroots movement to overcome extreme poverty. Your participation in the Bead Circle makes a difference. Please join us.
    See How to Help and be sure to sign up for The Bead for the latest news and stories from BeadforLife.

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    Painting by
    Charlotte Jorgensen



    'Kamu Kamu gwe mugaanda'
    'One by One Makes a Bundle' - an African proverb
     
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    Does anyone with ties to Uganda have any info about this organization?

    Is it exploitative or legit?
     
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    THE MAZU COLLECTION
    By Maya | Published: October 22, 2013
    BeadforLife & Maya Azucena Launch New MAZU Collection
    BeadforLife
    New Jewelry Line Empowers Women to Leave Poverty Behind
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    Introducing a collaboration between BeadforLife and Artist Ambassador Maya Azucena.

    BeadforLife is proud to announce our new high-end jewelry collection in collaboration with Maya Azucena. As an Artist Ambassador for BeadforLife, Maya creates music that matters. She has dedicated her talents to singing for change and supporting women’s causes on a global level. Having traveled to our programs in Uganda, Maya was moved firsthand by the resilient women of BeadforLife. She has traveled to their homes, businesses, heard their stories and held their hand as they shared how BeadforLife has changed their life.

    The song complements the launch of the MAZU Collection’s overall message –Be the Fearless You.

    The MAZU Collection features earrings and bracelets that Azucena helped design with members of BeadforLife in Uganda and BeadforLife’s design team using recycled paper beads. The women in Uganda were once living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day. Income from jewelry sales around the world empowers women to create sustainable business and leave poverty behind, a model established by BeadforLife in 2004.

    Be the Fearless You and Shop NOW!
    Read more about the MAZU Collection here.
    Handmade Fearless Etana Necklace $28.00
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    Fearless Drop Earring $39.00
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    Fearless Wrap Bracelet $39.00
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    ...

    Acclaimed artist and activist Maya Azucena introduces her soul-rousing single “Fearless”, inspired by the woman’s warrior spirit and a tribute to the women of “BeadforLife” in Uganda. The song also celebrates the launch of the MAZU Collection, Azucena’s signature line of handmade jewelry, in collaboration with BeadforLife.

    “Fearless”, produced in Paris by DAVIDO, “is a reflective song of empowerment for all women and is inspired by the women I met in Uganda earlier this year,” Maya states. It compliments the overall message of her MAZU Collection: “Be the Fearless You.”

    Listen to the track online @ Maya’s SoundCloud
    - See more at: http://www.mayaazucena.com/#sthash.D9lqMJUU.dpuf

    http://www.mayaazucena.com/
     
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    Wonderful gifts.
     
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