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Need: Host a Bead Party!


We're a non-profit that sells jewelry made by women in internal refugee camps in northern Uganda. We're looking for people to host 'Bead Parties' in their homes, churches, or workplaces. We provide a kit that includes jewelry to sell, background information on the party process, and materials to help you explain the project to your guests. The jewelry is beautiful and reasonably priced, and the party is a great excuse to get your friends together and have a good time, while helping to support an incredible cause.

Or, if you don't have the time to host a physical party, why not host a 'virtual bead party'? Just send us a list of email addresses of you friends, co-workers and family who you want to invite (we promise not to use that information for any purpose other than your event). You pick a date and time for them to shop online, during which every person you invite will be given 15% off their entire order.

And if anyone you invite to your bead party, physical or virtual, agrees to host a party in the future, we'll thank you for getting them in touch by offering 30% off your next order!

If you're interested, email us at and reference PulseWire in the email!



Genice Jacobs's picture

awesome idea!!!

I love it. It's a great way to manage distribution. Another idea: instead of offering 15% offer, perhaps, the host could designate a secondary charity, such as the neighborhood school and designate the 15% of sales to go to the school. Just a thought and perhaps another way to motivate participation.


Genice Jacobs

Paper to Pearls's picture

Great suggestion!

I love the idea of designating the "discount" to a charity of the host's choice!

If you know anyone who would be interested in that arrangement, definitely let us know. Or, if you know of a school, church or other group looking for fund-raising ideas, we're happy to host of 'virtual joint fundraiser'. In fact, if the "discount" is going to a charity/social organization we'll send 20% of the sales.

Paper to Pearls

Darcey's picture

glad to find you....

My name is Darcey, and I am so glad to have found you in a round-about way through one of Janice's posts. We (my friend and business partner) are selling, and almost sold out of, necklaces made by a young girl in Uganda who is working on getting back into school and helping to support her family with the proceeds. My friend Val met her last year on her trip to Uganda, and they are the same rolled beads that are on these necklaces as well. They have gone over incredibly well, and we are now seeking out and working with more women who will make other products for us to sell as well.
I absolutely LOVE the idea of supporting women in these refugee camps. We are doing an event on world refugee day, which will show up here once we get more info together, and we are very excited to raise awareness and begin working on more projects long-term. How did you make contacts with these women in the camps? I would love to hear more....
I don't have much time at the moment, but I will go directly to your site as well. We are in the current state of figuring out what we are doing in relation to web-site, etc.

I am looking forward to talking with you soon!!!!

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Paper to Pearls's picture

Your comment

Hi Darcey--

How nice to get your comment. It's great to experience your enthusiasm...there's nothing quite like falling in love with the possibility of helping others!

I'm happy to talk whenever it's convenient. Just mail back with a possible date and time. Later in the day generally works best for me.

In the meantime, good luck with all you're doing!

My best,

Voices for Global Change
Paper to Pearls
703-549-7077 x 205

Paper to Pearls

Darcey's picture


Hi Barbara,

I will be in touch when I get a chance....I am at home with a 2 year old and I never really know how the day is going to go. If I get a quiet time before I have a chance to respond again, then I will just give you a try later in the day and see if you are available.
talk to you soon

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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