A Gift For BeadforLife – 64 New Women Join “Kwagala”

A Gift For BeadforLife – 64 New Women Join “Kwagala”

by Irene Namaganda, Communications Coordinator – Kampala, Uganda As the new year starts BeadforLife has received the greatest gift of all. In December, 64 intelligent, vibrant and hardworking women began their journey to leave poverty behind. They arrived on enrollment day ready to roll over a million beads, attend trainings and leave their comfort zones behind to escape poverty and reach their dreams. When they complete this journey...

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Reuniting with Mary Naiga

Reuniting with Mary Naiga

by Devin Hibbard, Executive Director and Co-founder Mary Naiga was a Member of the BeadforLife Nsambya Group which we enrolled in 2005. All of the women in this group were HIV+ and living in extreme poverty. I distinctly remember the first day I met Mary. I was out visiting the homes of our Members with Josephine. We were in a small neighborhood and stopped near a decent looking house. We got out and walked around to the back of the house....

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Life with Margaret Ogwel

Life with Margaret Ogwel

by Irene Namaganda, Communications Coordinator – Kampala, Uganda Margaret Ogwel lives in Northern Uganda, she is a Shea nut gatherer and Member of the Ox-Plow Program. At 59 years old she is still an energetic and kind woman. Before the decades long guerrilla war, led by Joseph Kony which plagued Northern Uganda, Margaret lived a humble life in her village of Olilim. She was married with five children when Kony rebels attacked her village. Her...

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A JOYFUL HARVEST

A JOYFUL HARVEST

by Irene Namaganda, Communications Coordinator – Kampala, Uganda When I was little, the annual harvest day was one of the most exciting and happiest day for me.  It is all about giving thanks for the harvest received through the year. It always fell on a Sunday as Saturday was a busy day for our family. We selected the biggest and most important items we grew at home in our small garden, to be carried to church the next day. Sometimes we’d pick...

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Betty’s Peas

Betty’s Peas

Meet Betty. There are many special people behind the scenes at BeadforLife in Uganda, Betty is one of them. Despite her hardships in life, Betty brings a smile to our team not only through her cooking, but through her warm nature and hard work. Each morning in her kitchen, Betty has a pot of tea ready for the staff with a warm smile. She was born a twin, but lost both her mother and sister at birth. Amicable and hardworking, Betty joined...

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News from Joan and Teddy

News from Joan and Teddy

From Devin Hibbard I’m back in Uganda and in the past week have had a chance to reconnect with both Joan and Teddy to hear how they are doing. They both asked about all their friends in the US and recall so many wonderful memories of their time there. Joan is doing well and looks great. Since returning from America, she moved her store from the nearby village into her house and says she is getting a lot of business from others in Friendship...

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How do BEADS bring JOY to Uganda?

How do BEADS bring JOY to Uganda?

Have you ever wondered how supporting BeadforLife by bringing beads to your community helps end Extreme Poverty? We do it by bringing people together all over the world. Anyone can help be a part of the cause. Take a look at our infographic below to find out how we’re working to make a change. Each year we work with hundreds of women touching over 10,000 Ugandans. Our programs help girls attend school, families farm their land and women...

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