The developing world is awash with organizations that are changing the face of fighting global poverty. Instead of using the same old, tired techniques to address the immediate symptoms of poverty, organizations these days are using new models to help individuals pull themselves out of poverty for good. One such organization is Bead for Life, which sells beads made by women in Uganda to Western consumers.
This certified fair-trade organization provides a stable livelihood to women who would otherwise be crushing rocks for $o.5o per day. The women who participate in the program create beads out of recycled paper and craft those beads into beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that consumers around the world can purchase. This jewelry provides the women with an income of over $100 per month and funds additional anti-poverty projects in the area. Bead for Life uses its revenue to provide scholarships for girls’ education, invest in sustainable agricultural advances, and kick-start local businesses. Through their work, these women create a ripple effect that extends to their entire communities.
The organization has grown drastically since its founding in 2004. People from the United States to the United Kingdom are hosting “bead parties” to sell the jewelry and spread the word. The beads themselves are beautiful and unique and benefit sustainable projects.
Photo: Bead for Life.