Chatham News

Ugandan women to share stories of overcoming extreme poverty through the art of beads

PITTSBURGH (March 29, 2013) … Chatham University will host Ugandan women Joan Ahimbisibwe and Teddy Namuyiga, who will tell their stories of overcoming poverty through opportunities provided to them through the nonprofit BeadforLife. The organization helps impoverished women in Uganda by locating global markets for recycled paper jewelry and shea products. Members earn fair trade wages, receive entrepreneurial training, and open their own small businesses. Today, Ahimbisibwe and Namuyiga are among 74 percent of BeadforLife’s artisans that have started businesses — and their overall success rate is almost double that of start-ups in the United States. The free public event BeadforLife: Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time is part of BeadforLife’s six-city Opportunity Tour and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside Campus.

More information about BeadforLife’s Opportunity Tour and other upcoming events is available at Chatham University’s social work department, SWIRL Social Work Club, and Student Activities are sponsoring the April 12 event. Contact Melissa Bell, assistant professor of social work, at for more information.

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Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

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