Saturday, January 17, 2009

Runako Desgins - Beads for Life

Okay, I'll admit it..I have a giving heart and there are just some things I'm passionate about. This year, I'll be introducing another great organization that Runako Designs will be supporting and hopefully, you'll open up your heart as well.

Bead for Life eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads, and people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell the beads. Since 2004, BeadforLife has provided sustainable income for Ugandan women and their families by selling their beautiful jewelry, handmade from recycled paper. The women are HIV+ mothers, refugees from a brutal civil war, former prostitutes and other impoverished people. Before joining BeadforLife, all of the members struggled to get by on less than $1 a day. BeadforLife acts as a ladder out of poverty, providing women not only income, but entrepreneurial training, business funding, health programs, and the chance for women to build a home of their own.

The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees -- and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all. All profits from BeadforLife are invested in community development projects that generate income and help people work their way out of poverty.

What another perfect connection. They make beads, I make jewelry! I'm still working out the details of this one, but I'll definitely keep you posted.


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