March 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm 4 comments

In 2009, Megan and I came up with an idea of putting the widows in projects that could make them self-reliant. We indentified the Bead making project and we went ahead to have the widows trained. Bead making is one of the lucrative businesses in Uganda that has changed lives of mostly the un-employed women.   They have built permanent houses in Kampala, taken their child to good schools, paid university fees for some of them who have decided to study and managed to meet their other basic needs in life.

We trained thirty widows, who managed to acquire the basic skills in bead making and they managed to make moderate classic beads that we sold for them both locally and internationally.  -Jane

Here is the picture of the classic beads 






Widows learning how to make the beaded necklaces

Widows’ Response to First Training

Meet sissy Amolo, the chairlady of the widows. This is what she had to say about the training:

 Thank you so much our donors – especially Megan; she is our key supporter in America. And Jane Agolo our beloved Trivani country manager in Uganda and especially in Kaberamaido.

The training went well and it has given us hope, power, creativeness and life.


We have regained back our lost glory, we as widows in kaberamaido had lost direction in life and when we had this training, acquired the basic skills and made some beads. We gained the lost hope.


We also after gaining basic bead making skills and able to make the beads and late sold them. We gained power in our homes as a contributive and empowered widow in the society, especially in kaberamaido.

Creativeness and Life

After the bead training, we became creative and regained our lost economical life. Our lives became useful in that the money we got from the sale of the beads, we saved it and had a colour full Christmas.

From Sissy Amolo to those who support her through the purchase of the beads:

Thanks for buying our beads; we can also smile for the little works of our hands. The money we got, we divided it equally. My share I will use it to expand my business and to buy more materials for making the beads.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elisa  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    And the necklaces are so beautiful! I have 2, but I want more. I want to get one of those made from big, thick beads, like the very stylish Megan and RaLyn wear.

  • 2. Yvonne Terechow  |  March 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Such a simple idea with such a wonderful result. Much better than food parcels, giving back these ladies their dignity and self respect

  • 3. Paula  |  April 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I’ve seen these beautiful necklaces and would like to buy some but where can I purchase them? Thanks.

    • 4. Rai Farrelly  |  April 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Paula – you can contact Megan at Trivani to buy some necklaces. They are gorgeous and we have so many colors, sizes and styles to choose from. The women’s advanced class really made a difference in the quality of the beads, too! Megan’s email is -Thanks!


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