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Friday, May 9th, 2008

The Akola Project


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Yesterday I was perusing one of my favorite neighborhood shops, urban cottage, and I came across some beautiful beads. It turns out they were part of the Akola project. The Akola project is part of the Ugandan American Partnership Organization. The Akola project has employed over 90 widows to make necklaces that are sold in Atlanta Georgia and Greenville South Carolina, for the purpose of stimulating economic development and providing relief to widows in rural villages. The beads are absolutely stunning, by the way. To learn more go to; to purchase visit

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  1. Lisa O. Sullivan says:

    October 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm (#)

    I also think they are beautiful and I love the story behind them. The widows get together and hand-roll the most beautiful and vibrant beads from paper and string them to form exquisite necklaces which are sold in the US and local Ugandan markets. The word Akola in Lusoga dialect means “to work in the spirit of love.” It is believed that through the power of love and hard work, the Akola project will provide relief and support to the struggling and devoted widows of Uganda and their children.

    If anyone is looking to purchase any more, you can find them at The Zen Lily is an on-line boutique which contributes a portion of its proceeds to charities which help women on a global scale.

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