We teach women how to provide for themselves, their families and even their communities. The goal of our model is to put money into the hands of our members, and to create sustainable income streams that they can depend on for years to come. We provide entrepreneurial or agri-business training, help our members open savings accounts and award business grants. We even adapt our core model to fit the needs of each of our regions: Kampala, Iganga and Otuke.

Kampala Model

3 Months
Prior to
About 100 prospective members participate in a weekend workshop to determine their entrepreneurial potential. Each woman is given 10,000 schillings (about $4 US) to start a mini-business to see if she can increase her initial capital. Our membership team then selects and enrolls between 40-60 women from this group. They spend the next three months receiving numeracy training and learning to make beads from recycled paper. 
Month 1
Members select their group name. Each woman receives help to open her own savings account so that she can start saving. 

Months 1-15

The main focus during this time is income generation. Members sell their beads to us twice a month, which provides them with an opportunity to earn a regular and significant income. They also receive ongoing entrepreneurial training, as well as health classes and other services. 
Months 7-15
Members receive individual mentoring and ongoing business training from BeadforLife's staff. They withdraw a portion of their savings to launch their new business.
Months     15-18
Members stop rolling beads so they can focus on their new businesses. Advice and support are given to ensure a sustainable business has been launched.
Month 18
Members graduate from BeadforLife with savings, their own small business, and entrepreneurial skills.
Month 24
Post-membership data is collected and evaluated. Alumni support is also offered to ensure women continue to be prosperous.


"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
-Chinese Proverb

"Teach a woman to fish . . . and you feed the whole village!"

-Hillary Clinton