Recycled paper has never felt so good when wearing these funky chains of beads made by women in Uganda. Each bead is rolled by hand to create an individual piece of eco & socially conscious jewellery.
Each bead is rolled by hand to create an individual piece of eco and socially conscious jewelleryWe are excited about our new range of fair trade recycled paper beads & jewellery from Africa. The beads are available in store now & the jewellery will arrive in time for Christmas.
- “Hearts of Hope” is a group of 14 women who have either AIDS & /or are from abusive families. They joined together in 2009 to raise finances & gain hope for a better future for their children.
- “Mama Africa Raising Children” was started by a woman who saw the needs of her friends around her: this group of 18 women also have AIDS. They are victims of rape by LRA soldiers. Consequently their children also have AIDS & they have lost their health & have no job alternatives. The first rule of the group is LOVE: “as you work, speak and act”.
- “A Like Beads” is run by 3 men who are sons of the founder of Mama Africa Raging Children & are funding their education. Their aim is to finish their education, be self sustainable & be an example to others.
How are the beads made?
The pages of recycled magazines are cut into triangles & then rolled into beads. They are coated with a non toxic, odourless varnish which gives them a water resistant & glossy finish as well as protecting them from fading. Create unique, social & ethical gorgeous jewels such as necklaces, earrings & bracelets.
Who does the project support?
The women are mostly displaced from the north & live in crowded, one-room shanties on the outskirts of Kampala. They have few economic opportunities. Fleeing civil war, they settled near the capital in hope of a brighter future. Instead, they have found unemployment, HIV/AIDS, hunger, & unaffordable housing.
Thanking for choosing our Ugandan beads which directly supports individual women working in inspirational community art initiatives.
- Aber is Acholi for beautiful. Acholi is the tribe of Northern Uganda which is where a civil war has been raging for many years
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