|BeadforLife is a remarkable poverty eradication organization that began as a small grass-roots effort. Founded by Torkin Wakefield, Ginny Jordan and Devin Hibbard, BeadforLife helps women in Uganda sell their jewelry and assists them in creating revenue streams to support themselves and their families. The organization's work is best expressed in their mission statement: "BeadforLife creates sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone."|
|BeadforLife offers colorful, charismatic beads and jewelry for sale online. They've also created a Bead Party program which enables people in North America to sell the items created by the Ugandan women in a large party setting, with the proceeds going back into the BeadforLife program.|
|In addition to setting up revenue streams for the women, BeadforLife provides entrepreneurial training, business funding, health programs and other community services. After the initial training program, the average beader's income increases almost seven times. Also, as many families have been displaced by war, the program offers them the chance to build a home of their own in the "Friendship Village." Established in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in 2007, this community-named neighborhood offers Ugandan families the chance to own their own homes by selling and bartering their beads and jewelry.|
|BeadforLife offers the women in Uganda benefits even beyond that of earning the financial means to provide for themselves and their families--they are gaining self-esteem, pride and hope for a brighter future. Each day, BeadforLife is turning impoverished women into an empowered community.
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