Handmade Pink Layn Cuff Tino Paper Bead Bracelet (Uganda)

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This item was designed by Safina Nakanwagi who has said: "My beads are an expression of myself. They are beautiful and durable. I carefully select different colors and focus on designing in a special and unique way.” Safina has unknowingly described herself.

Safina joyful spirit and infectious smile disguise her painful past. She is a 40 year old, uneducated HIV-positive widow. Married at sixteen to an abusive man, she struggled to create a peaceful home for her 7 children. “The most devastating period of my life happened when he passed away of AIDS and his family accused me of his death. They evicted me.”

Since joining our partner initiative, The Namugongo Good Samaritan Project (NGSP*) Safina's outlook has changed dramatically. 100% dedicated to bead-making, she wants you to know from her heart:
“I love you very much. I reach out to say thank you for buying.”

Look good, do good with this recycled, handmade bracelet in a variety of rich colors. Learn how buying a bead empowers African women. Buy with heart today.


Each paper bead is hand rolled, glued and finished with 5 coats of a non-toxic varnish. This item features a unique pattern of paper beads, is approximately 1.5" wide and strung with elastic string to fit different wrist sizes.​ Our bracelets are colorful, affordable and made with a purpose. Our initiative provides health education, counseling, trade skill and entrepreneurship training to Ugandan women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. These committed women are working diligently to create sustainable enterprises and healthy environments for their families.

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