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Jewelry is fun.  I really like the way that a piece of jewelry can put the finishing touches on an outfit.  You can dress up or dress down with the simple addition of a necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  Since I really enjoy jewelry, I was fascinated when I learned about the company, BeadForLife.  They not only offer some beautiful pieces, but also create opportunities and empower women through their program.  BeadForLife is a non-profit organization with a  mission to fight extreme poverty.  They specifically focus on creating sustainable opportunities to Uganda women by teaching them to make beads from recycled paper and turn them into beautiful jewelry creations so they can support their family.  This is an 18 month program that they participate in and many go on to start their own businesses when they graduate.  I was pleased to partner with BeadForLife to bring you this post.


I was sent a variety of beautifully designed jewelry that BeadForLife offers.  Along with my package came an information card to let me know a little more about a specific Uganda woman who has participated in this program.  Joan Ahimbisibwe was featured on this card and I was happy to learn more about her.  She graduated from the BeadForLife Business Training program in 2007 and has three businesses: small storefront, piggery, and a vegetable farm.  She has two employees as well.  With everything she does, she makes 750,000 UG schillings which amounts to only $300 US dollars a year.  That last fact really made me stop and think.  The word necessity has a whole new meaning when I start thinking about the societies who live under much harder conditions with much less comfort than we do.

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The necklaces and bracelets I received from BeadForLife are absolutely beautiful.  The colors are a gorgeous mix.  The patterns and designs of the beads and jewelry pieces are so unique.  BeadForLife offers a variety of single strands of beads and even a five strand called the Moyo.  While I really love necklaces, I don’t wear bracelets very often because they tend to bother me.  I am always pulling and moving them trying to make them comfortable but they just always seem to be in my way.  I wore the Musana Bangle Bracelet on Thanksgiving for the entire day and forgot it was even on.  It was so comfortable.

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While I am loving these jewelry pieces, I love the concept behind BeadForLife even more.  Knowing that I am helping another woman support her family while being able to purchase such beautiful jewelry pieces at affordable prices is a win-win in my book.  Check out the details: so unique and classic.

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Buy It: Head over to BeadForLife to learn more about their mission and see the great selection of products they offer including jewelry, curriculum, loose beads, shea products, and gifts for men.

Connect: Don’t forget to like Bead For Life on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest, and subscribe to their YouTube Channel for all the latest news and promotions.

Win It: BeadForLife is generously offering one of our lucky readers a Musana Long Necklace.  The word “Musana” means “sunshine” in the Uganda language and this particular necklace helps a woman provide schooling for her children. The giveaway is open to US only. The giveaway will end December 17th, 2013. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!

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