HOST A MARKETPLACE. TRANSFORM LIVES. HAVE FUN DOING IT.
Invite friends and family to make a difference with you.
As a Marketplace host, you're joining thousands of incredible people who have opened their hearts and their homes to eradicate extreme poverty by sharing BeadforLife's products and stories with their communities.
We provide you with everything you need for an unforgettable event filled with music, memories and major impact! We even have an option to host online, so you can impact lives with a single click. It doesn't get any easier than that!
A TRANSFORMATIONAL EVENT
Around the world, marketplaces are all about connections. They are great social events, known for laughter, chatting, trade, and community. Our BFL Marketplaces are also known for connections with our friends and family, and connections with women in Uganda. The money you raise through the purchase of BeadforLife goods supports our poverty eradication programs, which provide women with the confidence and skills they need to create their own cool businesses after they graduate through our Beads to Business or Street Business School programs.
***Double your impact! Make a difference in your community when you make your Marketplace a fundraiser. Learn more.
PURCHASES WITH SERIOUS IMPACT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a BeadforLife Marketplace?
BeadforLife Marketplaces are the fun and engaging way to get involved and raise funds for our programs in Uganda. BeadforLife Marketplace hosts are volunteers who kindly sell our jewelry and shea butter products at home, work, church, social events, community fairs, or anywhere else they choose.
Does it cost money to be a Marketplace host?
It's completely free to be a Marketplace host! However, because of the amount of inventory you receive, we do ask for a credit number if you are a first time host. We do not charge your credit card. It is only collected in the event that you do not return your unsold inventory.
Who can host a Marketplace?
Anyone can host! You just have to be willing to gather your friends and invite them to make a difference.
Will there be a representative to help me at my event?
Because we are a non-profit, we do our best to keep our expenses down. For this reason, you will not have a BeadforLife representative at your event.
Instead, we provide you with everything you need to host an unforgettable event, and a customer service member will support you throughout the pre and post event via email.
What's in a BeadforLife Marketplace box?
There are several types and sizes and BeadforLife Marketplace boxes from which to choose. We try to keep it fresh, so these vary throughout the year, as we change the product assortment when we introduce new products and promotions.
In addition, all boxes contain a Resource Folder packed with the educational materials listed below.
- Host Handbook
- Host Checklist (to keep you on track before, during, and after your event)
- BeadforLife DVD
- Product Price List
- BeadforLife Brochures
- Member Biographies
- How to Roll a Bead (a step-by-step instruction sheet and template so you and your guests can give it a try!)
- Music CD, to get your happy feet on
Be sure to check out the Marketplace Resources section of our website, where you fill find some of our printed materials in downloadable form along with some additional resources.
When can I host a Marketplace?
Anytime! You can host a Marketplace any time of year, although holidays are the most popular time to host.
Where can I host a Marketplace?
Any place you choose! We're consistently impressed with the creativity of our hosts. They host events at yoga studios, churches, schools, BBQs, cocktail hours and more.
How far in advance do I need to register?
Two weeks notice is needed to ensure we have enough time to properly pack and ship your box to you prior to your event. If you have a last minute event, you can always contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What if some of my friends can't make it?
During your registration process, you can choose to also have/host an online Marketplace - the perfect way for friends to shop any time, any day! Of course, you can always invite friends and family to shop directly online at www.beadforlife.org/shop.
Do Marketplace hosts get free products?
We often hear that the greatest gift is knowing that you make a difference, and we love that! We also like to show our gratitude, which is why Marketplace hosts are honored with a gift when they host an event.