Women’s Bead Project


Tubana Bukibokolo Women’s Group
makes paper bead jewelry

The women in our villages have come together to develop new skills and opportunities, seeking ways to help themselves overcome the poverty in our community.  They call themselves the Tubana Bukibokolo Women’s Group.  TUBANA in our Lumasaba language means united.  Lumasaba comes from our common name Masaba.  In our history, Masaba is the first person to live in Mt. Elgon, the ancient volcano that we live on.  In fact, the local name for Mt Elgon is Mt. Masaba.

The Women’s Group chose handcrafted paper bead jewelry as their first venture, and have been making necklaces in many lengths, styles and colors.   We are offering them for sale, directly from our community, and also with the help of our friends around the world.

The members are from many different villages. Women who are interested in beads and necklace making are trained, and in turn they train others who benefit from the skills.   Many of our women struggle with immense problems, but this training has already yielded positive results.

For example, among our group there is a woman who’s granddaughter is HIV/AIDS positive and has lost both parents to the disease. The savings from beadwork has greatly helped to support this child, contributing to her basic requirements like school fees and medical bills in Mbale hospital where she is currently getting intensive care.

Another member, Wakigomu, is a widow who cares for 8 young orphan children.  She was first trained in Mbale and has, in turn, trained a number of women to make beads.  As a result, she has managed to earn enough to pay school fees for her 4 children and sustain herself.  She has trained other women voluntarily in collaboration with Hands of Action Uganda.

This project helps to eradicate poverty among our people, and is a source of income to the needy people and Orphans in rural and urban areas.  Hands of Action Uganda (HOA) dearly appreciates your support to Africa.

Looking at the history of beads, our ancient ancestors used to wear beads, as an African culture we feel proud about it and keep it for our next generation.

7 Responses to Women’s Bead Project

  1. My mom is opening an African Import Store and I saw the beads of i believe the Robertson’s show on TBN. We going to Kingdom Faith Center and our Pastor is going to help with the store. I brought the idea up to my mom about the bead project in the business to raise morning for the ministry. Trying to find out more info. and who to talk to and trying to find a legitimate site. Trying to find out if buy bulk or could put in store and sell them and send to ministry. Can’t find anything but some sites with prices. I want bulk to sell to help the ministry and a good cause to put in my moms store as Christians.
    Thank you,
    Priscilla Hall

    • Hope Okeny says:

      I pray that this mail finds you well.
      I came across your contacts as I was searching for partners to work with.
      I recently travelled to the USA for a business conference, part of my trip is to try and find a market for the jewellry and other crafts that we make.
      I would like to know if you would be interested in paper bead jewelry and other products made from paper beads. I also have bags made from banana fibres and art paitnings.
      I would be grateful for any information.

      We are a group of women based in Gulu, Uganda and have been working for the last four years. We are called the Niyee Craft Designers.

      I head this group and the proceeds from the slaes help the women group and our local health centre.
      For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Looking forward to hearing from you
      Hope Okeny

    • admin says:

      Hi Priscilla, did you and your mom ever come to a decision about selling bead necklaces? Please let me know if you are still interested. We are happy to help you with a bulk shipment. As you know, this would be a huge benefit to the women in the Bukibokolo community, and the necklaces have been very popular here in the U.S. They make a nice fundraiser item.


  2. Marcia says:

    Hello Priscilla,
    I am happy to hear from you, and can help you. I’m in the US, and work directly with the Hands of Action director, who coordinates the Women’s Bead Project. I’ll write to your email.

    Many thanks,

  3. Dolly Garlo says:

    I just posted this note on Facebook, after being surprised with a gift from your store for my birthday today:
    My sweet husband noticed my very long-distance work with Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha who is developing Hands of Action Uganda, and bought me a birthday present from one of their projects: http://www.handsofactionblog.com/tubana-bukibokolo-bead-store/ The beads are truly lovely, hand-made works of art. They arrived in a lovely gift box tied with a pink ribbon and a nice photo card of the women artists who make the beads and fashion the jewelry. What a precious gift on SO many levels! Wow.
    These are truly precious gems to me. I can feel the energy of the loving hands that made each of the paper beads (so beautiful!) and then strung them with care. Thank you so much for this beautiful work!!
    Sending love, Dolly

  4. admin says:

    Thank you and Happy Birthday, Dolly! We are thrilled that you like your necklace!


  5. Ekua says:

    Where can the beads be purchased and how much are they?

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