Each piece of jewellery is unique as they are all hand made and individually

Each piece of jewellery is unique as they are all

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protective lacquer. Each piece of jewellery is unique as they are all hand-made and individually designed by the makers. The beaders got organised into a cooperative through BeadforLife, instigated by three American women: Torkin Wakefield, Ginny Jordan, and Devin Hibbard. While on a visit to Uganda, they stopped to admire the beads being made by a Ugandan woman named Millie and learned that there was no market for her jewellery and that Millie worked for a dollar a day in the rock quarry crushing stones.
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Sensing a business opportunity, they set about training the women to improve the quality of the beads, come up with several styles of necklaces and bracelets and develop a marketing strategy. It has now grown into a cottage industry, complete with beads parties in the US, along the lines of Tupperware parties, and all profits go back into the community projects aimed at helping people work their way out of poverty. The beads have come to mean income, health, dignity, education and hope, in a place where hope is so desperately needed. This is the fourth in a series of reports from Uganda raising awareness about the UN Millennium Development Goals with the cooperation of SOS Malta.
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