Beading Project

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64% of Ugandan women are illiterate

Each of our paper bead jewelry pieces are hand-crafted and sold through a direct trade business model. They’re made by women in Uganda who have no spouse and a family to support. Instead of turning to prostitution, these women have been given the opportunity to own their own bead making business and partner with sponsors like you. They’re incredibly hard working and committed to providing their children with opportunities that they could have only dreamed of.

Direct trade means we work directly with each woman, ensuring that they get a higher wage than other models of business, including fair trade.

When you empower one of our women beaders through widow sponsorship you support their dreams, their families and their communities. Your partnership helps support the women financially and emotionally, because we believe in relationships. You won’t just make a monthly payment to Wando. You’ll also have the opportunity to email the woman you sponsor and learn about her unique situation. You’ll pray for her and share pictures. Eventually you’ll even have the chance to visit her during one of our bi-annual trips to Uganda.

Due to a lack of education and skills, many Ugandan women turn to prostitution, which results in an over 2/3 of pregnancies being unplanned and a 1/3 abortion rate.

Our women business owners make beads from 100% recycled paper and then string them into jewelry. You partnership will involve subscribing to a monthly bead package and then selling those jewelry pieces to send the money back to your business partner.

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What People Are Saying About Us…

“I have so many incredible stories of amazing things God has done on our trips. I could write books. Our Ugandan family, The students, the mommas, the babies, the teachers…they have my heart.”

– Chandra Alisa

“Wando does a great job of making everyone they work with feel like family. After seeing the way the organization works with the people we serve, the heart for the people they serve is evident.”

– David Talley

In my four trips to Uganda, I have be able to see many Wando’s plans come to fruition – and I am sure there are more to come! Their love for the students and their families always inspires me.”

-Jan Aldrich

“I went on a trip with Wando to Uganda in 2014. I believe God sent me there for my precious Amina. I fell in love with that little girl the first time she ran up to me and held my hand. It is amazing to see the transformation. She looks so good and seems so happy now! I am looking forward to the next time I can go.”
-Reina Rios

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