Women earn big from paper necklaces
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
The project has also benefited the youth with some making money and paying their school fees.
Women in Kabarole District are earning big from making and selling bead necklaces made out of paper. The women are using old papers that would otherwise be discarded as waste, and turning them into beautiful commercial products.
The initiative has also created market for the old papers with an old calendar going for Shs2,000. The group administrator, Ms Robinah Kahwa, said each bead necklace costs between Shs5,000 and Shs20,000. The group earns between Shs1m to Shs5m per week, depending on the stock turnover.
The project, which is supported by KAANA Foundation for Outreach programmes, a non-governmental organisation, has also created employment opportunities for many women in the area. More than 30 women in Kabarole District are directly employed in this project that has developed outreaches in different Sub-counties in the district.
The women, who are involved in the project say it has helped them earn money required to meet their respective basic needs in their homes. Each woman makes at least three bead necklaces a day.
Ms Kahwa said more than 50 youth have also been trained in making bead necklaces which has helped them to make money and be able to pay their school fees. Ms Doreen Birungi, one of the beneficiaries of the programmes said she dropped out of school because of lack of money and opted to engage in the income generating project. “I am now earning money out of this and paying school fees for my children,” she said.