BeadforLife’s Ugandan made loose beads are ideal for crafting and DIY projects. These recycled paper beads come in an array of sizes and shapes, each as unique as the women who created it! Please note, some of these beads may require a bead reamer or tool to open the holes, if you choose to string them. Some beads may have seed beads attached to either end.
Imagine… a Ugandan woman artisan scrutinizing recycled paper for colors and patterns that will make beautiful beads. Her hands trace the pattern to create either short or round beads, or slim and long ones, and then she cuts the paper into long thin triangles. Her nimble hands roll each strip of paper towards the pointed end of the triangle. She is careful to keep the bead tightly rolled and symmetrical, and then puts a small dab of glue at the end to hold it together. She repeats this process until she has several hundred beads, and then applies a non-toxic sealant to make them shiny and water resistant.
Our recycled paper beads are crafted by women in Uganda to help them rise above poverty through the sale of their paper bead jewelry. In addition, BeadforLife provides entrepreneurial business training and mentoring support for our members. We take pride in this recycled paper product and are inspired by the women behind it. Each piece is handmade and unique, and every bead radiates hope and potential for the woman who made it. BeadforLife is a Fair Trade Federation Member.