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BeadforLife

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews 734

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Address:

2336 Canyon Blvd. Suite 202 Boulder CO 80302 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

Some of the highlights of our work this year include: • Reaching over 7,400 people in over 1,000 households with our income generation or educational programs. • Expanding our shea project in war-torn Northern Uganda, allowing hundreds of families to earn income to help feed their families, improve their agricultural productivity, and rebuild their lives. • Selecting top-performing girls to attend secondary boarding school through a new girl’s education sponsorship program. • Engaging over 180,000 people attending more than 3,000 BeadParties around the world to better understand global poverty and take actions to end it. • Inspiring over 67,000 youth across the country who participated in BeadforLife’s interactive curriculum about extreme poverty, to take action to fight against it.

Geographic areas served:

Uganda, Africa

Programs:

Enterpreneurial & Agro-Business Training Girls Education

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303-554-5901
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Reviews for BeadforLife

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I co-hosted a bead party with a friend - so easy and so much fun! And people loved the bead jewelry! I not only love the bracelets and necklaces, but also the shea products - the scrub makes my skin incredibly soft, the lip balm fees great, and I love the scent of the body cream and the soap. And to think that just by enjoying all these things I am helping women on the other side of the world! A total win-win!

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Rating: 5 stars  

BeadforLife is an amazing non-profit working with women in Uganda to provide opportunities to rise out of poverty. This is done through the sale of paper-beaded jewelry made by the women. They are graduated through the program after months of training and empowerment workshops. This graduation model creates lasting impact in the women's individual economic status, and also allows BeadforLife to touch many many lives in Uganda. Wonderful program!

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I love the jewelry and shea products from BeadforLIfe. It is inspiring to me as a young woman to be able to wear something that was handmade by other women who are building a future for themselves and their families, just like I am trying to do. I know I have a much much much easier life in the U.S. than they do in Uganda. But I feel connected. I love how the purchases I have made always arrive with such attention to detail and papers that tell the story of the product. I will choose BeadforLife when looking for a special gift for family, friends, and myself.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Our MOPS group decided to have a Beadforlife party and I'm on the creative team and I headed up the party it was the best thing that I could have done. Beadforlife touch my heart and many other moms in our group as well. I being a crafter myself it just spoke to me and with what Beadforlife is doing for these women and their families is just amazing. They are giving them the tools to live a better life a hand up not a handout. God bless them in all they do today and in the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The BEADFORLIFE program dose not give handouts it sets women up to prosper in life with their families. It teaches them how to start making their lives better and gives them an opportunity to go to school and learn more for themselves. And in return their kids learn to do things better also, instead of being beat down all the time. The program is wonderful and has helped a lot of families. Not just individuals. I have several of the Bangle Bracelets. I was given the first one and Loved it and after I read the story of how it was made I have been sold on them every since. I bought the rest and tell everyone I get around about them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bring more people in to help.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

BeadforLife is thoughful about the way it works with the women in Uganda, always looking for the best approaches to improve their lives. BeadforLife is not about handouts, but rather providing opportunities to the most needy. Puchasing the Beads or Shea products here in North America and Europe directly funds the entrepreneurial training and puts money in their hands. I've been so impressed with the sustainability approach in everything they do

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I have had a few bead parties over the last couple years. Each one has been a little different. Some that say they have heard of BeadforLife and others are just learning about it. A few people stop and admire the beads and then after a minute or so realize, "They are made of paper! that is amazing." I love the connection I have made with people in telling the BeadforLife story. There are some that get many necklaces. "It's for a good cause" and give them for gifts with a great message in that little sivler tag. Or then just a little girl that can't afford anything else at the craft fair wanders by and spends 20 minutes picking out that one perfect bangle bracelet to give to her mom for her birthday. For me I wear my beads almost everywhere. when people ask or comment I stop and tell the story of the women in Uganda that make these beautiful beads and how they work to change their life and their famiies life. That after they learn the trade they go on to start their own buisnesses. It gives me shivers. Recently I went to the dentists. The last time I was there i had been wearing a 3-strand necklace, and had told the assistant all about the program. As I stepped into the office she greeted me and said "Oh before we start i want to show you..." she went to her bag and pulled out a Katoga long necklace. It made me smile form ear to ear. A lady in the waiting area said "OH taht is gorgeous, so many colors." so before going in for my appointment I left her with a little note in hopes that she too would pass the messag on. If we all tell one person and they tell one person one bead can change a life!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As a woman who has held several Bead Parties over the course of the past 4 years I can only say "I love Bead for Life!" This is not your regular "sell from home to earn prizes" type of party. The beads are already bought and paid for by the Bead for Life organization! My Bead Parties help keep the organization doing the great work that it has sustained now for years and years; assisting overwhelmed Ugandan women in getting control of their financial lives and providing training, friendship, and leadership skills so they go from being beggars on the street to successful business women building community and self-sufficiency. You get to contribute to these amazing programs by buying lovely bracelets, necklaces, earrings or shea butter products when you attend or host a Bead for Life "Bead Party." No one can say no to spending $5 on a handcrafted bracelet that is unique because each bead is handmade from paper. Add to that the fact the paper is being reused! Bead for Life is as good as an organization can get! I can see the work that my dollars support! It feels so good!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great group , needs to expand. They make a difference in women's lives and future generations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beadforlife is an unbelievable nonprofit organization! Women over in Uganda handmake jewelry from recycled paper. Each individual bead is rolled then strung into either a bracelet or necklace then dip in lacquer and then hung to dry. These beautiful beads are sold world wide and the the proceeds go back to the women in Uganda for food, education, healthcare and so much more. I had recently did a Beadforlife Bead Party. They had sent me a box full of merchandise made by the women in Uganda and my goal was to sell everything in the box! I had several bead parties where I could teach others about how the beads are made as well as the poverty that the people in Uganda live in and how we can make a difference by buying the beads they make! This is one of the most rewarding nonprofit organizations!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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