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BeadforLife helps Africans leave poverty behind

One bead at a time.

Lower United Methodist Church’s Martha Circle will sponsor a BeadforLife party on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at Hartfield.

The event is an exciting opportunity to learn more about and support impoverished Ugandan women who are lifting their families out of poverty with their handmade, high-quality beaded jewelry featured on NBC Nightly News, in O Magazine, Vanity Fair, Family Circle and other publications.

There will be an admission fee of $3 which will include refreshments. Admission proceeds will go to the Ethnicity Scholarships.

BeadforLife (BFL) is a socially responsible global organization working with women, all of whom were living on less than $1 a day in extreme poverty. Based in North America and Uganda, BFL has partnered with industrious women who make vivid beaded jewelry out of recycled paper. The 300 members of BFL support almost 5,000 others to climb out of poverty.

“BeadforLife’s philosophy is that people want jobs rather than handouts. We focus on ways for people to leave poverty behind forever,” said BFL co-director Devin Hibbard. “The beaders are incredibly hard working, and every dollar they make goes into critical things, like sending children to school, paying for health care, and saving to build a home.”

The beaders’ work has been sold at thousands of home parties and businesses and community-sponsored events around the world. All net profits from BFL sales are invested in projects that fight extreme poverty, primarily in three key areas: health, affordable housing, vocational training for impoverished youth, and entrepreneurial development through micro-credits for small businesses.

Check out the BeadforLife website for more information.

posted 05.05.2010

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