Beads of Awareness began in 2009 with two young entrepreneurs and a big dream. After spending the summer volunteering in Gulu. Thomas returned to Canada deeply moved by the Ugandan people and culture. He proposed an idea to Laura and, with much excitement and positive support from family and friends, the social enterprise started to bloom.
From the outset, our motivation has been to raise money for grassroots development projects in Uganda and to support and promote Ugandan artisans by creating jobs and selling their products. We also hope to raise awareness about the people of Uganda and their struggles recovering from the devastation of a civil war, hence where our name Beads of Awareness came from.
Each year we have seen our operations and impact expand. A project that began with two individuals has grown to include a large and vibrant community.