Paper Beads: a Fair Trade Opportunity

Outreach Uganda purchases the paper bead jewelry and other craft products from our Ugandan women’s groups at or above fair trade prices.  We do this so that our beaders will be able to move from income insecurity and poverty to a sustainable lifestyle with economic security and a sense of fulfillment and well-being. 

Through continued sales of paper bead jewelry and other crafts within the U.S., we hope that some day soon, our beaders, such as Lilly Abong, can move to their own home in a safer part of Jinja.

Fair trade helps Ugandan beaders such as Abong Lilly

Outreach Uganda helps beaders such as Abong Lilly

During 2012, Outreach Uganda provided over 20 training classes to our beading groups on topics such as business skills, leadership and critical thinking skills, and skill-based training in new beading designs and hand painting and silk dyeing techniques.

Outreach Uganda supports the principles of fair trade and helps assure these principles are followed on a day to day basis and upheld.  These principles are:

1. Creation of Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2. Transparency and Accountability
3. Fair Trading Practices
4. Payment of a Fair Trade Price
5. Ensuring no Child Labor or Forced Labor
6. Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8. Providing Capacity Building
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the Environment

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