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Friday, July 23, 2010

Paper to Pearls Review and Discount!

Have you all heard about Paper to Pearls?

(This is taken directly from the Paper to Pearls website)~

Paper to Pearls was the unexpected outcome of a trip that Voices for Global Change president Barbara Moller made to northern Uganda in the fall of 2005. Barbara went as one of a team of trainers on a U.S. State Department project to create a coalition of local municipal officials and civil society leaders that would lobby and advocate nationally and internationally on behalf of the region.

Joyce Laker, one of the participants in the training, invited Barbara to visit two displaced persons camps where she had started a small beading project. Utilizing a grant she had obtained from CARE International, Joyce had recently brought a trainer from Kampala, the Ugandan capital, to train women in the two camps in how to make necklaces from recycled paper. She thought that sales of necklaces on the streets of Gulu, the local town, would be a way to help the women. The money wouldn't be much, but it would be something.

Barbara, however, saw it differently. What she saw was an opportunity to provide significant income for the women if she could create a market for their work. Two months later Paper to Pearls was born. Although starting with no experience in micro-enterprise or retail sales, Barbara saw the initiative as a natural extension of the mission of Voices for Global Change―to help give a "voice" to those who have traditionally been silent. In this case, by helping lift desperately marginalized women out of poverty, it would be giving them a voice in their future and the future of their families and communities.

* Photographer Becky Olstad

What started with 40 women between the two camps has grown to include 100 women in four camps and two cooperatives in Gulu. We invite you to visit our Project Impact page to gain an understanding of what having a consistent source of income has meant in the lives of these women. With the income they are earning, they are not only transforming their lives but also gaining pride, dignity and hope for the future. They are silent no more.

Papers to Pearls sells gorgeous, handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets. 75%-85% of the revenue and donations from these items directly supports the women in the camps.

Barbara sent me this beautiful blue necklace. I love the color of these beads and the beads are so fun to finger, my kids loved just holding them! This is going to be a favorite necklace, I can tell! Be sure to check out all the gorgeous colors these beads come in over at Paper to Pearls!

Aren't the colors of these beads amazing!

Barbabra is graciously offering an amazing opportunity to my Songberries readers.
Starting today, Friday, July 23rd and going through Sunday, August 8th you can receive a discount of 30% off any Non-Sale necklace just enter the code PEARLS in the discount code box at checkout. Check out the online store to see these beautiful necklaces.

~I was not financially compensated for this review. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.~


Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...


Rachel Cotterill said...

That's such an amazing story - thanks for telling us about this project :)

Rose said...

this sounds like a great way to help these women get pride in themselves as well as money

Holly said...

WOW! Amazing story...amazing "jewels."