In my work as a social worker and a business coach I support leaders to run organizations that make a difference in the world. In this season of giving, you can support one of these featured organizations in its effort to do good works. Each organization has fair-trade certification or has otherwise established that it pays its artisans a living wage. Its products meets Western standards of taste and quality. Many of the organizations were founded by women.
A couple of years ago I saw a Jim Lehrer Newshour feature on Bead for Life, an organization that supports hard working women in Uganda to develop their own sustainable businesses in jewelry making. I was so enthralled with what I saw on that video that I sat right down and purchased a couple of necklaces and a bracelets from the website. The colorful beads are made from scrap paper. I get so many compliments on my paper beads that you would think that I was wearing expensive gem stones. Last Christmas I bought Bead for Life jewelry for my mother, sister and niece. My only regret is that I don’t have any more women in my family to buy for!
Want to make an even bigger impact? You can hostess a Bead for Life party and all your friends can by their Bead for Life gifts! Doesn’t that sound fun? Bead for Life has all the materials to make it easy to be a hostess. And it is not too late, but get going if you want to do this!
If you buy gifts from Bead for Life, you can √ Fair Trade and √ Green (the beads are made from recycled calendars, cereal boxes and posters) √ Women.
We would love to hear what you think about Bead for Life and the Goods for a Cause Holiday Blog! And let us know if you are going to hostess a Bead for Life party.
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Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.
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