Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ugandan paper beads

So there's a bead store in Oakville that helps women in Uganda out of poverty (and the rock quarries they would normally find work in), by directing the women in terms of styles and colours, and then purchasing the paper beads they make for resale. The benefits are three-fold: first, we get to help women who would otherwise be working very dangerous, low-paying jobs to be creative and independent; second, they recycle old newspapers and magazines, and we all know how awesome recycling is; third, they are so pretty and unusual, and practically NO ONE will be wearing the same thing! The first uses amethyst and sterling with Czech seed beads, and the second uses natural turquoise chips from Turquoise Magpie and silver Delica beads.

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