Recycled Magazine &
Calendar Hand Rolled Bead Necklaces
Novel, beautiful, and recycled, it
just can't get any better than that.
We offer these
necklaces from three women's groups:
one in Kenya and
two in Uganda, Africa.
You can accessorize, look
fabulous, save the planet and give women in Kenya and Uganda a better life
with our unique and eye-popping necklaces made out of recycled magazines!
Give a splash of color to your look -- and a tidal wave of compassion to
our earth and some of the women on it.
Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and
their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, two different
women's groups off these fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By
supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, they fosters equal
employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical
assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one
community at a time.
These necklaces are made from beads of glossy
paper from old calendars and brochures, some with hand blown glass beads and
native seeds interspersed. Each beads has been hand rolled by
disadvantaged women. These women have formed a bead making cooperative to
create a better life for themselves and their children. They use paper
that would normally be thrown away because it is no longer useful (i.e.
out of date calendars, colorful magazines and other similar colorful
papers). The result is an almost endless variety of colorful beads and one
of a kind necklaces and other jewelry. Through the cooperative, they
are able to provide for their families and raise their standard of living.
Your purchase helps these women and their families.
Varnished to a high-gloss,
each paper bead looks like a polished stone or wood. The paper is cut in
long triangles and rolled to form the beads - wide, short strips for
narrow beads and long, thin strips for fat beads.
One of the Cooperatives we work
with is TEMAK in Kenya. The sign for the Teenage Mothers
Association of Kenya (TEMAK) indicates that it is "the last house towards
the Obunga slums," the most destitute area of Kisumu. Many of the unwed
mothers and young girls who come to TEMAK to learn job skills live in
these slums. TEMAK is an organization that offers job training in
tailoring, hairdressing, secretarial skills, craft making, and recently
computers to unwed mothers, girls, and others in the Obunga slum
community. As a community center, the organization also provides the
community with an educational forum for HIV/AIDS awareness and other
Many of the young women at TEMAK participate in making crafts, earning
income to support themselves and their families. In the past few years,
TEMAK has also become a craft center for the artisans and craftspeople in
the town of Kisumu by providing local and international sales outlets that
make available a sustainable income for many in the community.
NAWOU, the National Association of
Women Organisations in Uganda, works with more than 80 independent women's
groups located throughout Uganda. In addition to health care, social
welfare, lobbying and advocacy, microfinance and education programs, NAWOU
runs a handicraft program. Each group is responsible for production,
quality control and transportation to Kampala. All crafts are based on
traditional skills and products; natural dyes are also used. NAWOU helps
with local and export marketing of the handicrafts. Through NAWOU,
artisans receive loans, training, counseling, links to aid agencies and
assistance with medication. NAWOU encourages microlending with the urban
poor in Kampala. NAWOU does public education on HIV/AIDS, a significant
problem in Uganda. Many of the women producing baskets for NAWOU are
infected with HIV/AIDS, and income from basket weaving provides a lifeline
of support for them.
NAWOU is a Ugandan umbrella organization for women’s organizations that
was formed in 1992, and is registered as an NGO (nongovernmental
organization) with the NGO Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
NAWOU is an affiliate of the International Council of Women, has a
consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
and collaborates with several networks, international NGOs and development
NAWOU was established in 1992 by members of nongovernmental and community
Our newest cooperative is the LUGAZI LADIES GROUP. In the remote
village of Lugazi, Uganda, a small group of women work to create these