Beads of change: Kakwanzi means "precious bead"

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Kakwanzi means "precious bead" - Jane Konkel
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Recycled beads from Uganda

Jane Konkel

BeadforLife is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs for a group of Ugandan people fleeing war or living with HIV/AIDS. Before joining the group, which BeadforLife calls Kakwanzi power, these 39 women and one man earned less than $2 per day. Today, they earn $145 per month. The artisans recycle calendars, posters, and pamphlets from local markets, cut the paper into strips, roll the strips into beads, and varnish each bead twice. The beads are not painted; the brilliant colors come from the print on each page. A 2-oz. (57g) bag is $12. To order beads, or to sign up for The Bead newsletter, call BeadforLife, (303) 554-5901, or visit
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