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.