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Gulu Beads

Gulu Beads are handmade by the Ruganga Lakica Bead Makers from the village of Wipolo in Gulu.

A group of 6 women created this group as a means for added income to help support their families. The beads are hand made by rolling thin strips of paper into tightly coiled shapes that are then strung together into necklaces and bracelets. 

 
 
 
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In 2012 The Gulu Project began selling these beads to family and friends, hoping to help this group purchase a grinding mill for their village. The beads were such a success that within a year, the women were able to buy two mills and start a small business within their community.

 
 
 
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The sale of the beaded jewelry touches lives in both Uganda and the USA. The Ruganga Lakica Bead Makers are so grateful to all who purchase their hand crafted jewelry, while everyone who purchased these items has been moved by their story and hard work. These beads have brought great appreciation to two groups of individuals 7000 miles apart!

 
 
 Paper beads before being strung

Paper beads before being strung

 Bead Maker Janet hanging beads to dry

Bead Maker Janet hanging beads to dry

 
 
 

Gulu Beads are currently being sold at Heart & Home in Pike Creek, Delaware.