The message below was received on January 21, 2010 from the Acholi Beads company. Though it was directed to our jewelry buyer, it contains exciting news for all of us who appreciate and wear the wonderful beads being discussed.
Hello Acholi Bead Friends,
I just wanted to send along a Happy New Year and update you on some neat things happening with Acholi Beads. Acholi beads is happy to report that we had a wonderful year last year and feel so blessed about all the growth that is happening amongst us. It is so encouraging because the more we grow the more ways we can help those in Uganda. We started with just a few bead makers and last year were able to grow to 27 bead makers. Our goal for 2010 is to have 50 bead makers by the end of the year. This year many of our bead makers were able to get identification cards for the first time. This might not seem like a big deal to us America, but it is very hopeful for the woman in Uganda. Having identification opens new doors for them and allows them do things like open bank accounts and start new businesses. It is a delight to get to hear about all of the stories of success and hope that our bead makers are having. We want to thank you for being apart of this fantastic journey. We are all a team and it is so great l to be a part of a socially proactive business that is benefiting so many. James, our founder, will be heading to Uganda for a few months with a designer from California who will be meeting with the bead makers and teaching them many new things. We will keep you updated on his travels and pass along his incredible stories.
Hope all is well!