About the Beads

The Bead and Jewelry Business

The women in the Acholi Quarter were introduced to paper bead jewelry
by an Irish missionary who originally learned the technique from women
in Kenya. The Acholi women have since fine-tuned their techniques and
used their creativity to create new designs of their own. Project Have
Hope started buying beads from its members in January 2006. In this                                                   way, the women receive monthly payments from PHH for the beads so                                                    that they can depend on the steady income.

Beads have always been a part of the Acholi culture.  Originally made
from seeds and bones, they were used as adornment around the waist and
worn as traditional necklaces and bracelets. Back in Acholiland in the
North, beads were a commodity which could be traded. These new paper
beads are also a commodity. In addition to being sold, they are often
traded for food, charcoal, or other daily necessities.

About the Beads

The women use a variety of paper to make the beads. They purchase
“reject” paper from a local printing press in Kampala and also use
scrap paper from outdated calendars or political ads, for example.
Despite appearances, the beads are not dyed or painted.

The paper is rolled into beads, and the color of each bead simply                                                         comes from the paper used to make it. Once the paper is rolled                                                                 into a bead, it is dipped in a clear varnish to give it sheen, hardness,                                       and durability. It takes about a day to make a necklace.

The beads come in a variety of shapes and colors. In PHH’s bead store,    
you’ll find loose beads, bracelets, and a variety of necklaces. It is not                                         recommended to submerge the beads into water for extended periods of                                              time, but the beads are plenty durable for normal, daily wear.

The Project Have Hope line has expanded to include a wider variety of                                          products. The women have developed other creative uses of paper,                                               including bangle bracelets, bowls and holiday ornaments. Members                                                       have incorporated the use of additional recycled materials such as bone,                                              glass and coins into their jewelry making. Project Have Hope is also proud                                                to carry the textile products of members who have graduated from vocational                                  training programs in tailoring and design.

Purchase a unique piece of jewelry and empower the women of PHH today!



How the Beads Are Made

The beads are handcrafted fom recycled paper by women in Uganda's Acholi Quarter, making each bead unique with individual color variations.

How Project Have Hope Beads are made

First the beaders cut the paper into long triangles and then roll the strips to make each bead.

How Project Have Hope beads are made

The beads are then varnished, giving the jewelry sheen and durability.

How Project Have Hope beads are made

The beaders then carefully select individual beads of matching hues to create beautiful and unique jewelry.

How Project Have Hope beads are made 

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