April 2009 Archives

Beads Provide Bedrock for Transitional Program

There was a story on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer" the other night about BeadforLife, a venture started by a social entrepreneur, Torkin Wakefield. (Watch the video here.)

The premise involves women in Uganda creating beads, which are then sold in the U.S. However, the founder, Wakefield, has taken an interesting angle by building homes for the women to own. These women are not encouraged to make beads forever, but it is seen rather as a transitional program. After 27 months, they are required to start learning a new trade, and they are assisted in that vocational training.

Overall, it seems like an interesting concept, and it will be nice to see the long-term stories of these women.

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