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    Sunshine Yellow Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of yellow recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead is fair tra...

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    Black and White Stripe Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Beautiful strand of larger size black and white stripe recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled paper by working mothers in Uganda...

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    Multicolor Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Beautiful strand of larger size multicolor recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled paper by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead ...

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    House Medley Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of multicolor recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers and scrap paper by working mothers in Uganda. E...

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    Dark Teal Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    White Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Beautiful strand of larger size white recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled paper by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead is fa...

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    Yellow and Green Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Beautiful strand of larger size yellow and green recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled paper by working mothers in Uganda. Each...

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    White Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Purple and White Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of purple and white recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead i...

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    Circus Medley Recycled Paper Beads (Long Strand)

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    Beautiful strand of multicolor recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers and scrap paper by working mothers in Uganda. E...

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    Blue Mixed Shape Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of blue recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers and scrap paper by working mothers in Uganda. Each be...

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    Black White Stripe Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of black and white stripe recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers by working mothers in Uganda. Each ...

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    Dark Blue Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Black Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Rustic Black Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of black recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead is fair trad...

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    Tan Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Black Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Natural Medley Recycled Paper Beads (Long Strand)

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    Beautiful strand of recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled paper by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead is fair trade and handm...

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    Cardinal Red Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Lime Green Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Cobalt Blue Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Green Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda (Large)

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    Christmas-Style Mixed Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Royal Purple Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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Whether or not the English penchant for paper bead-making was the inspiration for Ugandan artisans is debatable, however it is known that various tribes have been making Recycled Paper Beads as early as the 1930s. Ndejje, located in the Luwero District of central Uganda, has become the modern hub of recycled paper bead-making in Africa, with large co-operatives now producing beads in abundance for the Western market. These co-operatives work in conjunction with various well known organizations, such as Bead For Life and Outreach Uganda, which were established to help women generate a regular income for their families. The organizations ensure that all paper beads are purchased under fair trade agreements so that Ugandan artisans are not exploited for their skills.

Ugandan Paper Beads are produced in much the same way as the Victorian paper beads of the 19th Century, with the exception that, instead of wallpaper, Ugandan artisans utilize discarded books, newspapers and magazines for their craft. Each bead is hand rolled from a triangle of paper, then coated with a durable resin to seal it and harden its exterior. Paper is an extremely versatile crafting material, so you'll find that Ugandan Paper Beads run the gamut of size and shape. Some are also painted with exuberant vegetable-based dyes to make them more desirable.