|Marilyn with the Continental Divide in the background|
The mission of BeadforLife is " creating sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone."
What began as a mechanism to support and sustain women in Uganda in the paper bead business has transformed over its 14 year life as a powerful training organization for partner non-government organizations (NGO) weeking to impact the lives of women and children who live in extreme poverty--less than $1 per day. BFL has developed a training methodology and approach that has had measurable results on the lives of more than 46,000 women and children in Uganda. Refining their experience, BFL has created a training, support and mentoring program which can deliver astonishing results. This program is known as The Street Business School.
While these NGO's invest money to attend the training sessions, the overall work of BFL continues to be sustained by the continuing bead business--where it all began. The difference is that now it is possible to envision a future of impacting the lives of 1,000,000 men and women by 2027 throughout Africa and Asia. Early results indicate that the The Street Business School partnerships can achieve this goal--something not possible directly through bead sales.
|Working on one of the training exercises|
|Chris and Korri|
directly involved in the SBS training: Chris, Korri, and Rachael. Rachael is a member of the BFL staff in Kampala, Uganda.
Click here to view more photos of the BFL conference.
|Bull overseeing his harem|
|The view just outside our lodge.|
The next morning I was up early to catch the sunrise and its wonderful light on the continental divide which stretched before us as we walked from the lodge where we were staying. The next day I captured what I think will be some real keepers on the sunset on that same scene. But in order to maximize that chance, I took multiple exposures in RAW format and will have to wait until I get home to process them. In the meantime, you can see more images of the landscape here by clicking here for the photo album.