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BeadforLife Helps Africans Leave Poverty Behind, ‘One Bead at a Time’

Bangle bracelets among BeadforLife wares As Sara R. Hillis, assistant director of student activities for student services and involvement, transacts a sale, Shelley Bamonte, secretary to the director of student activities, checks out the merchandise Madaala necklaces also among colorful bead creationsThe Student Activities Office is hosting a BeadforLife sale through Friday from noon-6 p.m. daily in the Bush Campus Center lobby. BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in Northern Uganda gather shea nuts and press them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. And people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell both products. The beads and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. Termed “a small miracle that enriches us all,” BeadforLife is featured in this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Prices range from $4 to $25. Cash, check and credit card are accepted. For more (including additional photos), visit the BeadforLife website.

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