At BeadforLife, we spark opportunities for women in Uganda to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We also spark opportunities for people all over the world to make a meaningful difference. Host a BeadforLife Marketplace, participate in our Youth Education Program or volunteer with us—and find your own potential to change the world.
Our Beading Program provides members with a steady source of income throughout the 18 months they are in our program. Each beginning group receives training in how to roll beads out of recycled paper and string them into beautiful jewelry. More importantly, they receive ongoing entrepreneurial and business skills training to prepare them to launch their own sustainable business once they graduate.Read More »
BeadforLife has partnered with over 760 women to create a market for East African shea nuts which are native to Northern Uganda. BeadforLife buys the nuts during the harvest season, providing women with critically important cash income which they use to pay children’s school fees, buy medicine or invest in their farms.Read More »
In addition to income generation, BeadforLife’s strength lies in providing business training to help women start small businesses or invest in their farms. Our trainings are hands-on, tailored to the local context, and focused on helping women create one or more businesses before they graduate that will sustain them into the future.Read More »
Poverty can force people to live with poor sanitary conditions, unsafe drinking water and reside in highly populated areas. We believe that the health needs of the women and their families is a critical part of enabling them to succeed in starting their own businesses.Read More »
Where yesterday there was nothing but pasture, today a village with homes for 132 impoverished Ugandan families has been built. Started as a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the BeadforLife Friendship Village has risen near Mukono, a town about 12 kilometers from Kampala.Read More »
In order to reach more people, BeadforLife periodically makes small grants to other effective organizations. We focus on organizations that target factors that create extreme poverty such as poor healthcare, lack of education for girls and women’s empowerment.Read More »