The Marejesho Paper Bead Necklace is a made with an art form common across East Africa. Strips of paper are cut from old magazines, wrapped tightly into beads, and hardened with glue. After being strung together, the beautiful assortment of colors forms a unique necklace in which no two are exactly alike. The string of beads measures 36 in. long, and can be worn as a necklace or wrapped several times as a bracelet.
The Marejesho Necklaces are made by an artisan group living in an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in northern Uganda. This region has suffered from the effects of a civil war in Sudan and also from the destructive war of Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). Our friends at Drop in the Bucket started this program as a way for women to make an income for themselves.
Drop in the Bucket is a nonprofit organization that provides clean water through building wells and sanitation systems across Sub-Saharan Africa. This necklace helps them continue their important work of delivering clean water, and allows us to support them in providing sustaining income to their communities through jobs.