29th September 2006
Click here for an example of the types of things Rose makes.
Gulu is the place where thousands of children flock to every day to avoid being kidnapped and forced into joining the LRA rebel group. Some of you may have heard about it via the Invisible Children campaign.
I was mentioning to someone that I wanted to construct a website that will enable African women to sell their crafts. They then put me in contact with Rose. Hippy Chick and I went to pay Rose a visit.
Rose lives in a little garage in the town of Jinja (the town where I was based for my white water rafting experience). She rents her house out to some Ugandan students.
Rose showed us how you make paper beads. The basic principal goes like this:
And you're done! Pretty easy really and not too time consuming. The colors of the post paper give the beads an interesting color. I was so impressed with the paper beads that they are going to the main thing that we sell on our site. Items like this and this are just too damn bulky to post.
We asked Rose if she wouldn't mind coming out to some villages with us and showing some ladies how to make the beads. She said - in a very non-African way, "I can't come today. Is tomorrow okay?"
Lee and I were very impressed with her enthusiasm. Rose is coming out to a village with me in the very near future. Lee and I traipsed the streets of Kampala and got all the materials needed to make beads.
Stay tuned for more adventures in bead making!
2005 and 2006 Malcolm Trevena.