Why is BeadforLife Rising?

Why is BeadforLife Rising?

BeadforLife is rising, alongside V-Day and its supporters, to end poverty and violence worldwide. Our work in Uganda is centered on empowering women to own their futures. Daily, we see our members rising out of poverty through hard work, dedication and support from those around them.

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Malaika Means “Angels”

Malaika Means “Angels”

Malaika means “angels” in Swahili, and that is what BeadforLife’s newest group has named themselves.  Angel group members live in a very remote village about an hour from Kampala and lead a subsistence lifestyle.  Currently, we’re piloting an approach with Malaika in which we not only work with each woman to put money in her hands and offer her training, but we also work with her husband to provide an opportunity for them to...

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International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

The United Nations has established October 11 as International Day of the Girl to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals. Their mission, which BeadforLife stands behind, is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” We caught up with Joy Gardner, who works at the organization 10×10.org and asked her to write a guest...

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Finding Inspiration in Uganda

Finding Inspiration in Uganda

This past Spring, Mark Jordahl of Conservation Concepts, led a BeadforLife trip to Uganda. One of the trip participants, Dave Ensign, has agreed to do a guest blog for us about his trip. Enjoy! I’ve often imagined a trip to Africa where I could experience the continent’s breathtaking beauty and unique cultures in a meaningful way without finding myself alone in a confusing city rifling through a Lonely Planet guide.  Preferring a personal...

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Zonta International

Zonta International

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the August meeting of the Zonta Club of Denver, where I provided information about BeadforLife programs, told stories from our members and sold our beautiful beads and yummy shea products. Zonta International is a women’s organization that is dedicated to advancing the status of women worldwide “by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the...

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Pass it on!

Pass it on!

Written by: Korri Roach and Community Partner Volunteer Boots Tolsdorf   As a BeadforLife Community Partner Volunteer for the past few years, Boots (Meredith) Tolsdorf has passionately shared our story and the paper bead jewelry with her communities in Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Recently, she inspired her 13 year old granddaughter Emmy to get involved too! This past March, through telephone calls with her grandmother, Emmy...

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A Wholesale Partner’s Perle Party

A Wholesale Partner’s Perle Party

Trajectoires Equitable, which literally means fair paths, has been a BeadforLife wholesale partner in France since 2011, reselling our recycled paper bead jewelry in their non-profit Fair Trade shop based in Clermont l’Héraultin southern France. Run by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers headed by Marie-Odile Francois, Trajectoires Equitable seeks to continuously inspire and engage their local community in responsible consumerism and...

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