Bead for Life Review/Giveaway

I heard about BeadforLife and knew I wanted to get involved somehow.

BeadforLife is a non profit organization and member of the Fair Trade Federation that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Colorful recycled paper is turned into beautiful beads and jewelry. Shea nuts are also made into butter and then used for cosmetics and soaps.

BeadforLife is part of an international grassroots movement to overcome extreme poverty.

Our goal is for our members to be independent of BeadforLife within 18 months by being able to support themselves within the Ugandan economy.  To assist members in launching their own small businesses or in creating new revenue streams, we provide entrepreneurial training, facilitate savings accounts, and make business funds available.  In the rural areas our program focuses on agricultural development.

BeadforLife  sponsors Community Development projects in health, vocational training for impoverished youth, affordable housing, and business development. These projects are financed with the net profits from the sale of the beads and shea butter products and support not only our members, but other impoverished people living in Uganda.

You can see here how the beads are rolled.

You can even host a Bead for Life party – check out the details here.


I received this blue bracelet and love it! The beads are a navy blue and then the beads in between are a light blue. It’s kind of hard to tell in this picture. I wear it on my navy blue scrub day and I think it looks very nice!

You can win one for yourself or save it for a gift! I have this red one for one Mommy Has to Work reader.



I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. domestic diva says

    I learned they’re a nonprofit and a member of the fair trade association.

  2. Wow their site is awesome and you can learn everything from who the beaders are and how you can get involved to hosting a bead party.

  3. Jennie Swencki says

    I learned that they help women all over the world

  4. I learned that in September of 2004 the founders launched BeadforLife

  5. Carrie Phelps says

    I learned that I love the Fair Trade Federation. What an amazing program.

  6. the first beads were bought from a girl who worked in a quarry for 1.00 a day
    nannypanpan at

  7. Jennifer T. says

    I learned that the Ugandan women look specifically for paper with bright colors tom make their beads from.

  8. The women of Uganda made these bracelets and much more from recycling.

  9. Robin Quick says

    I learned that the paper beaded jewelry and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. I also learned that Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads and I would be proud to wear their beads!!!

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  10. Aletha Scott says

    This program is very interesting!

  11. I learned they help women all over the world

  12. I learned they’re a nonprofit which is so cool!

  13. janell wagner says

    I learned they have a curriculum to help children learn about world poverty

  14. BeadforLife is part of an international grassroots movement to overcome extreme poverty.

  15. I learned they have shea butter soap which looks like a good product.

  16. I learned you can host a party to help