Nonprofits, like many international aid organizations, alleviate poverty in developing nations by providing resources to female entrepreneurs. As Forbes reports, international nonprofit BeadforLife's goal is to assist members to support themselves within the Ugandan community.
Mary Ogwang used to live in a one-room house made of metal in Kampala, Uganda, with her 11 children and husband, a police officer who earns about $2 a day. Then she learned about BeadforLife, a nonprofit that trains women in Kampala to make beads from recycled paper. The beads are strung into necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry and sold on the Internet and at parties in the U.S. and Europe.
Mary Ogwang is just one of BeaforLife's success stories and has increased her income since her early days of beadmaking, building a new house for her and her family and start a second business.
It takes a special sort of nonprofit to recognize the ability of these women and help them overcome extreme poverty. What was once trash to Ugandan women becomes beauty, money, food, and hope through the work of BeadforLife.