The Beads Project

The Beads Project

The Acholi Quarter is a slum in Kampala formed mostly of the Internally Displaced People from the Acholi tribe who were forced to flee northern Uganda during the Kony war in the early 2000’s. Many people in the Acholi Quarter work in a local stone quarry, where men haul the rock and women break it into pieces. The Beads Project was started in 2012 to give the young women in the Acholi Quarter independence. Over 100 women between the ages of 15-25, come together to make beads and crafts. This project provides a vital source of income for these at-risk women. It often covers their school fees in addition to helping to provide for themselves and their families. Their colourful bracelets and necklaces are sold in markets throughout the city. This project does more than provide an income; it is also a place for these girls and women to develop friendships and gain guidance and support from the group.