Torkin Wakefield was living in Uganda when she and two companions saw a woman making paper beads on the side of the road. Torkin and her colleagues were impressed by the ingenuity and beauty of the recycled jewelry. So, they bought a few pieces and found that a lot of people loved the paper beads, too. Seeing a way to encourage positive change, Torkin co-founded Bead for Life to empower Ugandan women by providing them a trade, education and funding. The organization supports its ‘participants’ for 18 months and helps them to develop their own independent businesses. To date, the nonprofit has helped thousands of women and their families (over 15,000 people) change their lives for the better. Learn more about the organization at beadforlife.org

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