Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Miss Opportunity - Your Own Home Business?


Over 2010, we have seen an increasing demand for our beads.
We are now looking at smoothing out our operations.

We are being very open minded to the future structure of our business.
But, we do know that over the next two months we will be looking to hand over our UK based online retail store to a keen individual or two we move all our efforts 100% into Uganda.

Basically, if you like Mzuribeads and you believe in fair and ethical trade, then we want to hear from you.

Contact Kirstie at

Unsure if it is something for you?

Bellow are some skills that help running your own home bead business ..

Good and speedy computer skills,
(...if you can put together a good advert, it really helps)

Good correspondence/customer relation skills

Regular blogging passion (:

Basic photography skills and a descent camera,
(...macro lens helps)

Home storage space

...Speaking more than just English could open up even greater opportunities

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper Beading in Kampala

Back in Uganda...beading in Ndejje..

I arrived on on the 6th of April, and got straight to work the next . This was one of the first collection days with a only part of the Mzuribeads group. A collection day is simply when the women hand me the beads ordered, and I give them money in exchange. Collection days are always very exhausting for everyone. Not to get bogged down with detail, but the counting is a lengthy process, and each bead is increasingly more scrutinized for its symetrical and clean finish. And after reuniting with my Kampala chums last night, (no strangers to late night bars, and all night dancing),...I knew today would be tough (:

In the Bead hut we bead...

Often collection days leave me exhausted, but today's collection left me high and happy. The process was long, but I thoroughly enjoyed being around the women again. As business has begun to grow, we can see far more clearly problem areas, and ways to make the process easier and quicker.

I left Ndejje on a boda boda, (motorbike taxi) had the sun coming down on me whilst I reflected on the day. The day had me physically reminded about my passion for community arts and development, Why I started this business, and although it’s been slow progress, how amazing and lucky I am to be doing something creative, new, and ethical. It’s been a nice day.

Written By Kirstie MacLean

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