Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Autumn - Winter 2011 Press Release

Mzuribeads UK launching this November
Back in the UK

Jewellery makers and bead lovers across the UK are in for a treat this season as the online bead store, Mzuribeads.com relaunches this Autumn.  
Headed by Mzuribeads' latest recruit, Sharon Lindsay, worldwide retail customers will now receive their fabulously colourful recycled paper beads within the space
of just 2-5 working days.
 Above: Sharon, ready to sell Mzuribeads from the UK
HQ Uganda
The launch of global partnerships is an exciting development for the founders and their production team located in the heart of Uganda.   
The community based co-operative of female artisans are delighted to
broaden their customer base whilst welcoming new festive colours to their barkcloth range, and a super sized Mumbo Jumbo’ recycled paper bead.  Mzuribeads are clearly leading the way in the market for responsible
beading, and boast a diverse range of natural and ethically made materials, including banana leaf, barkcloth, cow horn, recycled paper, and recycled glass.
‘These International partnerships are what we have
been waiting for.  We can now expand our business,
effectively reaching our online customers, whilst
maintaining our focus on quality and production.’ 
- Edith Namanda (Project Manager, Uganda) image bellow

Success of Mzuribeads.US
The US and Canadian partnership run by Fair Trade bead enthusiast Laura Coleman, is going superbly. 
Whether online or at bead shows, Laura is ensuring that Mzuribeads.US connects all ethical bead lovers in the US and Canada to the beautiful array of ethical and natural beads they have to offer. 
 
Jewellery Collaboration
For those of you eager to have these unique beads around your neck as soon as possible, they can also be found in a beautiful new Mzuribeads and Mudhut101 jewellery design collaboration with fair trade gift company Awava.   
The necklaces, earrings and bracelets are soon available for purchase at www.awavamarket.com 

If you would like any further information please 
contact Kirstie at info@mzuribeads.com 

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mzuribeads outing

Art Outing
Yesterday some of the bead producers of Mzuribeads came out to see my exhibition.  They were super inspired, seeing their beads in such a professional and funky atmosphere.  Afterward, we ambled across to Isha's restaurant for dinner and we discussed future possibilities....then.. giggled a lot and danced.
It was true when I told them that they were my most important guests at the show, and I couldn't have been happier with their response to my work. Working on the exhibition took up a lot of my time, which otherwise would have been directed on Mzuribeads sales.  Everyone is aware that this months sales figures have been somewhat low in comparison to previous months.  In  short, it was great that the team have regarded this show as something worth time and effort despite the financial setback.
Some Mzuribeads producers outside Afriart Gallery kampala, Uganda 

 Some of the Mudhut 101 jewellery on display.  Jewellery and art handmade by Kirstie MacLean from all the fabulous natural and recycled Ugandan beads made at Mzuribeads .
 Mzuribeads team chilling with local artist, Henry Mujunga, at Ishas restaurant across from the gallery..
Written by Mzuribeads founder and director, Kirstie Maclean 


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

DONT MISS OUR MAY DISPATCH DATE

DON'T MISS OUR END OF MONTH DISPATCH DATE
MZURIBEADS ORDERS LEAVE UGANDA ON MONDAY 1st OF JUNE
SHOP NOW
Next shippment 1st of JULY

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Beadin Babe

My Little Mudhut Necklace worn by 
Ugandan Beadin Babe 
Angela
Necklace and bracelet handmade from ethical and handmade Mzuribeads 
- recycled paper, barkcloth, banana leaf and cow horn beads. 


For further information and pricing contact Kirstie at info@mzuribeads.com

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

YES, WE ARE THE COOLEST BEAD COMPANY..

KEEPING IT REAL
From our materials to our policies, people and more
WE'RE TRADE NOT AID
We know it takes hard work to built something worth while and more sustainable.
YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST
We're on top of the global bead game, sourcing the coolest materials, and skilled producers.

WE'RE HOT
We know where the parties at....
beading more catwalks later this year....
THE WHOLE DEAL
We're not just great products...we know what makes a business work and offer a enjoyable retail and wholesale customer experience.  
From the packaging, policies to communication and safe payment transactions.
NOT JUST A BEAUTIFUL FRONT
We're encouraging our team to take on more responsibilities and learn new skills.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the Mzuribeads office...

WORKING 9 TO ...
Well, much later than 5pm..that's for sure /:

If today wasn't hard work, Mzuribeads don't know what is!
We all wonderfully multi tasked our way through the day....
From...mini production line
 To mounting shelves...
 To getting stickering savy on our new packaging
 To a full office clean out, new table and clothing line for the (currently sleeping in office), Mzuribeads director, and much more...
Wow..all in days work here in Ndejje.. 
Well done team!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Uganda - The Arts

WORKING WEEKEND
This weekend was full of fun.  On Friday I picked up our new trade posters.  The posters are for our wholesale customers who own a physical bead store...  So here they are on our workshop wall. 
Tomorrow we collect our stickers for our bead bags (:
Saturday we went with my friend Nahida Bhegani's, owner of Kanaya(ad agency), and the funky Tshirt producing Definition, (who we aim to collaborate in a new production space/workshop and office with), to look at spaces on the rental market. 
Nahidas' parents are the owners of the delightful Masindi hotel....And on Sunday I went round to the family house to find them packing a beautiful heard of soap stone animals for the hotel store.

At lunch time we all headed off, (with possibly the most fearless and speed demon driver in Kampala..Mrs Bhegani), to a new gallery opening called Mish Mash... a family atmosphere containing a mix of dancing, art,  fashion and more.   The selected rainbow colour banners around the compound suggested a hint of gay pride, which we excitingly pondered over.  Stella (a fashion design we often collaborate with) and Sanaa Gatega (our barkcloth bead supplier/artist) both put on a great show.  However, the layout and schedule did not allow the event to reach its full potential. But as a first event, the turnout was impressive. 
Keiga Dance group preforming in the gallery compound
 Stella Atal backstage with models and collection
Peter Corey with his recycled glass bead jewellery.. 
who we are looking to be a new Mzuribeads supplier

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Friday, March 25, 2011

JUST STOCKED UP

BE(AD) THERE FIRST
Bellow are listed some of our recent NEW stockists....
If you're nearby, don't miss your chance to get your Mzuribeads.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

More village tales..eyeball soup coming up!

One tasty eye ball soup, 
one fabulous Ndejje day.. 

My experience in Uganda so far has always contained these small bursts of  illness.  I'm not referring to the three horrendous episodes those tiny winged bloodsucking badboys tried to kill me off (almost successfully) with their malaria madness.  But these random unexplained drowsy periods, occasional vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, and so on.  All so mysteriously short lived...For example, I can go out for a run, eat something, feel fabulous, then all of a sudden feel drugged, loose control of my legs to the point I have to lie down, sweat and stress about getting myself to the nearest clinic .. Then find myself five minuets later on my way to town...as energetic as before ....wondering, what the heck was that all about?  Here, so many illnesses are left unexplained... empty, and I think that's where many take the opportunity to colour it in with a little easy, old witch doctor/voodoo tale.  But, seriously, I reckon its a combination of my body not being strong enough for village living and the fact that so much grows, and spreads here so rapidly....
Anyway, when a rapid vomit hit me the other day, following a small boda boda accident and a chorus of baby wailing, I decided to take a day break.
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So I decided to go off to check out the new Serena hotel on this side of town, overlooking lake Victoria.  It was like Barbies palace, an Oasis at the end of long dusty road.  Totally lacking in atmosphere, as are most of these surreal settings ; A bizarre building of enormous grandeur in the middle of a typical quite, Ugandan suburban off road area.  Anyway, it was just what I needed, to be left alone, silent on a terrace with a cool beer.  Over looking lake V...
 
And the retreat worked.  I returned to Ndejje, in which I proudly call home, fully recharged and eager for plenty more dust and diarrhoea...

This morning, fully productive.  I trained new mother Joelia on direct email marketing.  She was soo eager to learn, and cant wait to continue this work, which has pleased me greatly.  I know she would rather be on the computer than beading.  Baby Nina lay quietly beside her throughout...
 I did a whole bunch of interviews for the documentary trailer, and refueled on some good solid Ugandan grub.. matoke (sour banana) and gnut sauce. ...which I like very much, but had those tiny little fishes in it.. you know the ones that have massive eyes, and microscopic bodies, so the thing looked like eye ball soup. 
But I got passed that, closed my eyes and enjoyed them for their no doubt salty, protein filled goodness.
Later we finished the afternoon by completing a large wholesale order.  The day couldn't have ended better, as everyone went home with wages = a big smile.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mzuribeads.US... Touch Down in America

Yes, the time has come for an ALL American MZURIBEADS.US store.  
A glorious place where residents of the USA will be free to browse a Mzuribeads online store which offers: 
1) The ability to purchase smaller orders 
2) All US stock (national posting)...no month long waiting for you guys!
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In the hope that our US touch down go's BEADS UP, English, French, Italians watch this space...we hope to respond to your ethical beading passion also, with Mzuribeads.FR,IT,BE,ES... and more in our ecommerce journey...
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 Bringing Uganda's natural and recycled beads one step closer to you and your bead box. 
Mzuribeads.us aims to launch within the next 1-2 months.  
We'll be shouting the launch date soon!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mzuribeads recycle Orange Ad's to make funky paper beads

Orange Uganda ...Unlimited internet???
....more like unlimited beading
 Black and Orange Simba paper beads, 
available to buy online now at 

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WELCOME BACK

MZURIBEADS ARE PLEASED ANNOUNCE OUR 
REOPENING!

THE MZURIBEADS ONLINE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. BUT SOME CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE...
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ.

* NEW SHIPPING TIMES *

ALL ITEMS ARE DISPATCHED FROM UGANDA ON THE LAST DAY OF EACH MONTH. ORDERS AIM TO REACH WITHIN 8 - 12 DAYS FROM THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. FOR EXAMPLE: IF YOU ORDER ON THE 6TH OF AUGUST. YOUR BEADS WILL BE DISPATCHED ON THE 31ST OF AUGUST AND AIM TO REACH YOU BY THE 12TH OF SEPTEMBER. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY FOR EXPRESS DELIVERY.

* BULK BUYING *

WE NOW OFFER BETTER PRICES IN EXCHANGE FOR BULKIER ORDERS.
WE UNDERSTAND THIS WILL DISAPPOINT THOSE WHO LIKE TO PURCHASE LITTLE AND OFTEN, BUT OPERATING FROM UGANDA MAKES THIS DIFFICULT.
SHOULD YOU BE ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS WHO DOES NOT LIKE OUR NEW BULK BUYING, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REQUEST FROM YOUR NEAREST BEAD STORE TO BEGIN STOCKING MZURIBEADS. FURTHERMORE, IF YOU MAIL US THE BEAD STORE YOU PUT A REQUEST IN, WE WILL GIVE YOU COMMISSION FROM THEIR FIRST ORDER!


* COLOUR COMBINATIONS *

WE NOW HAVE LARGE SUPPLIES OF THE COLOUR COMBINATIONS LISTED (A,B,C) ON THE PAPER BEAD PRODUCTS. THIS WILL MEAN THEY WILL NOT OFTEN SELL OUT, AS BEFORE, AND THEY WILL BE CHANGED OVER LARGER SPACES OF TIME.

* WEBALE NYO - THANK YOU *

AS MENTIONED IN JANUARY, MOVING OUR OPERATIONS FULLY TO UGANDA MARKS GREAT PROGRESS IN OUR COMPANY. THE RELOCATION HOLDS MANY ADVANTAGES... MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT WILL ALLOW FOR THE PRODUCERS TO BE INCREASINGLY AWARE, RESPONSIBLE, AND IN CONTROL OF THE BUSINESS.

WE THANK YOU KINDLY FOR YOUR PATIENCE IN ALLOWING FOR OUR CHANGES TO TAKE PLACE, AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PREVIOUS AND FUTURE SUPPORT.


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Mzuribeads - The making of our cow horn beads

DEEP IN NAKOWA YOU WILL FIND...
A WORKSHOP FOR THE BEADING MIND.
Today we went along to our catch up with Vicent and team, who produce our cow horn beads.
The workshop is currently located in Nakowa market, Kampala.  But, Vicent wishes to expand into a larger, better equipt and cleaner workspace in the near future....we aim to assist him in his ambitions.
The team happily showed me their workplace, materials and then took me through the process of making the beautiful beads.  
We took some pics and put together a little video to show you how it went....enjoy

 
meet vicent...

Available to buy at

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jewellery bead workshop

Midweek Creating & Making 
This morning Mzuribeads had a jewellery workshop.  
Learning how to secure new clasps and fastenings on their paper bead necklaces... Improving quality and appearance (:
Theopista

 
Harriet
Mama Chage
Later Mzuribeads packed some trade orders, going out to Italy and Russia.  
We are happy to see the beads travel and be used globally.
We have also found banana leaf fibre to not only make fab beads, but great packaging.  Light in weight, attractive, very similar padding, and far more ethical than bubble wrap.

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