Paper Beads- A Way of Earning Income - Help Find a Market
The members of Revelation Children’s Ministries International come from every tribe in Eastern and Northern Uganda. They are Christian and Muslim, young and old, educated and illiterate. The one thing they have in common is that they have suffered from extreme poverty due to wars and other related calamities. They have great resilience, strength and determination with hard work and have hope living with dignity and determination.
Revelation Children’s Ministries International is in partnership with these women, and a few men too, to offer their stories and beautiful jewelry and bags to the world.
Many of the women in Revelation Children’s Ministries International are from the Iteso, Kuman, Acholi, Karamojong and Langi tribe and have been driven from their homes in North Eastern and Northern Uganda by a brutal warlord bringing terror and death to their villages. They left their agricultural way of life to avoid the violence and to protect their children from kidnappings. It was in this neighborhood that Revelation Children’s Ministries International began and launched the bead-making cottage industry that is still in its infant stages.
They are mostly without marketable skills or adequate education. In Uganda unemployment is very high. For these women, the primary means of earning a living is laboring for others in the market and selling brew, for this work they receive about a dollar a day or a bout $30 dollars a month, many others earned a few shillings washing clothes or selling vegetables.
The women want to provide three meals a day for their extended family. Other spending priorities include:
• School fees, books, pens, shoes, and school uniforms
• Medicines and health care
• Transportation, clothing, household items
• Contributions to other family members in need
It is with this that Revelation Children’s Ministry in calling upon neighbors to try find ways, ideas of marketing these products, we call upon all of you, not only interested members to join us in trying to market these beads around the world. This will help change the living conditions of both the orphans and women around Bugembe.