Woman to Woman
Our story begins with one courageous woman in 2004. In a chance encounter, our founders met Millie Grace Akena while walking through a Ugandan slum. Millie sat outside of her mud home, rolling beads from strips of paper under the sweltering sun, when Devin Hibbard, Ginny Jordan and Torkin Wakefield stopped to talk with her. Though she struggled to put food on the table, Millie found joy in creating beautiful things with her own hands, and she was determined to build a better future for her family.
For 15 years, women around the world have been connecting through love and empowerment, growing a social enterprise to educate and raise funds to support women’s entrepreneurship training to transform lives.
100% NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
We Empower & Employ Women Artisans
You Have the Power to Empower
Join us to wear our beads and share our story with the world. Your involvement gives women a world away the confidence to change their lives!
BeadforLife supports poor women in Uganda and Africa through the sale of jewelry created with recycled paper to educate people in America about deep poverty and offers a pathway for them to make a difference. BeadforLife invests existing and future profits from sales into entrepreneurial training programs for women living in poverty, so they can open small businesses, increase their incomes, and leave poverty behind.