BEADS FOR WOMEN PROJECT
Women comprise of the largest market opportunity in the world with a potential to transform their own economic eminence, their communities as well as that of their families. Unfortunately, many a times, women’s economic contributions go unrecognized, their work undervalued and their goals unfinished. In the world today, the portrait of poverty has a woman’s face. For example in Uganda, women are the most illiterate, the most involved in unprofitable employment or work where they don’t get paid. Beads for Women, aims to increase the quality of life for women through self-sustenance programs to raise healthier and better educated families to alleviate global poverty.
The Power of Women:
When women control their financial destiny, children are guaranteed to finish school, families eat better and remain healthy, and communities prosper economically. However, a woman cannot sustain a family if she is poor and she cannot become entrepreneur if she does not have access to market information and new technologies.
Our mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, we provide a trade in beads for women to build capacity and access global markets on competitive and unbiased terms.
Our goal is to stimulate entrepreneurship in developing countries so as to liberate women in the realms of: personal finance, independence, and access to the international export market. We aim to promote fair trade in countries with considerable poverty levels. By promoting beads and products made by women who would otherwise have very little access to capital or to international markets, to be sold around the world at market value.
Who We Are:
We are an innovative nonprofit social enterprise that supports women in developing countries through women empowerment and education. Our mission is to break inter generational cycles of poverty by providing women with the tools and support to reclaim their own futures, flourish as independent businesswomen, and foster development in their communities.
Women Empowerment – We partner with impoverished women artisans, and sell their beautifully handcrafted beads through our e-commerce site, and collaborations with independent friends. Our staff in different counties works closely with our artisan partners to provide practical, hands-on training in quality control, design, and product management.
Education – We dedicate all our profits from sales, donations, and grant support to fund job skills training programs for our artisan partners in business management, technology, and entrepreneurship. Through these tailored education programs women develop the knowledge and skills to engage independently with global markets and grow their own businesses.
Process of Making Beads:
The uniqueness of this venture is the use of accessible eco-friendly raw materials of locally sourced recycled paper. Each bead is custom made with brightly colored paper from pamphlets, old calendars, posters, newspapers and magazines. This helps to determine the vibrant hues of the beads. The process begins with cutting the papers, rolling and gluing them together. The cut materials are then coated with 3-5 layers of eco-friendly sealant and hung in the sunshine to dry. Finally, these beads are assembled into necklaces using glass seed beads and a clasp. Within one week, a woman can make 35 long necklaces.
Women are recruited based on interest in project and desire for employment. They are then trained extensively in how to roll beads out of recycled paper and string them into beautiful jewelry. This entrepreneur forum is a timely key to unlocking the creative genius of thousands of underprivileged women. Through this project, women are able to make at least 6-9 times more than they were earning before. For example, in Uganda’s economy, members are positioned to make more than the average elementary teacher or policeman. On a monthly basis, a woman can sell a maximum of about $200 worth of beads. Consequently, these women will multiply the impact of investment made by extending benefits to the family and help build a strong community. By finding direct market for these products, women are paid directly and are able to eat more nutritious foods, receive proper heath care, and enroll their children in school.
BREAKFAST (PORRIDGE) SUPPORT TO KEVIN FOUNDATION SCHOOL.
In 2015 ,I started to support Kevin foundation school, a community pre-primary school in Namugongo. Every term I buy approx two hundred kilos of maize flour to enable the school provide each child a hot cup of porridge every morning.
Currently the school has 30 children who most of them are orphans. it gives me great joy to share my income, with vulnerable children. I believe every one should give back to community irrespective of position or class in society.