We provide impoverished people with the chance to earn money and change their lives. Supported by entrepreneurial training and other services, our model provides opportunities rather than hand-outs, resulting in proud, empowered women.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Girls Education program aims to educate and empower the next generation of women growing up in rural areas of Uganda. We are excited to see these girls receive the education they need and deserve to change their lives.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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