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This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

这是美国之音特别英语发展报道。

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, as the old saying goes. But some women are finding a lot to like about colorful beads from Uganda made of recycled paper. The beads are sold by a nonprofit organization in the United States called BeadforLife.

有句谚语说:钻石可能是女人最好的朋友。但是乌干达的一些妇女喜欢用再生纸做的彩色珠子。美国一个名叫BeadforLife的非盈利组织销售这些珠子。

BeadforLife began as a chance meeting between three American women on a trip to Uganda and a local jewelry maker. Millie Grace Akena was rolling paper beads near her home. She worked at a rock quarry. She made paper beads as a hobby. But there was no real market for them in her country.

BeadforLife的创立是一个偶然。有三个妇女在去乌干达旅行的路上碰到了当地的珠宝制造商。米莉·格瑞斯·雅贾娜正在她家附近卷纸珠子。她在一家采石场工作。做纸珠是她的一种业余爱好。但是,在她的国家并没有纸珠子的真正市场。

Torkin Wakefield says she, her daughter Devin Hibbard and Ginny Jordan brought some of the beads back to the United States.

Torkin Wakefield说她的女儿Devin HibbardGinny Jordan把这种珠子带回了美国。

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "Immediately people started admiring the beads. 'Oh, I like this. Where did you get this? It's so pretty.'"

TORKIN WAKEFIELD:“很快,人们开始欣赏这些珠子。“哦,我喜欢这个。你从哪儿弄来的?它真漂亮"

The three Americans launched BeadforLife in two thousand four. Nearly seven hundred women have taken part.

因此,2004年,这三个美国人创立了BeadforLife。近700名妇女参加了这次创办活动。

The group says its beaders earn an average of more than two thousand dollars a year in the program. This is five times what they earned before. Torkin Wakefield says the women spend up to eighteen months in the program.

该组织表示,在这项计划里他们的平均收入超过2万美元。这是他们以前赚钱的五倍。Torkin Wakefield说在这项计划里女性的花费高达18个月。

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "During that time she can make regular income and she has a savings account and she begins to study and plan for launching a business, which is her business and which will sustain her once she graduates from BeadforLife. And the program includes a microfinance grant, money that she has actually made by selling us beads that she gets at one time, so that she can make a big enough step into a business that is going to be sustainable."

TORKIN WAKEFIELD:“在这段时间里她可以有固定收入,她有一个储蓄帐户。她开始研究和规划生意业务。一旦她离开BeadforLife,她还可以自己维生。该计划包括一个小额资助。这些资助是她销售珠子赚的钱。她能够将这种小生意变成可持续发展的大生意。”

The beads are sold across Uganda and at the BeadforLife headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. They are also sold online and at jewelry shows called bead parties.

这种珠子跨国销售。BeadforLife的总部设在美国科罗拉多州博尔德。她们也开设了网上商店。

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "Because they have meaning, because these are gifts that help people, folks in America and beyond, when they buy our beads they feel a sense of generosity. They feel a direct connection, like they can really participate in eradicating poverty."

TORKIN WAKEFIELD:“因为这些珠子含有寓意,因为这些是能帮助人们的礼物。当他们购买了我们的珠子,他们会感觉到我们的慷慨。他们有直接联系,就像他们能真正参与根除贫穷的活动。”

 

Acrylic plastic is used to harden the paper. The jewelry costs between five and thirty dollars. BeadforLife reported sales in its last budget year of more than three and a half million dollars. It says for every ten dollar necklace sold, the beader gets two dollars and forty-three cents in money or materials.

丙烯酸塑料可以用来加硬纸张。珠宝的成本在530美元之间。BeadforLife报道,去年的年度销售额预算是3.5亿美元,但实际销售超过了这个数字。每10美元的项链出售,珠宝商就会得到2美元43美分的金钱或材料。

It says more than ninety percent of earnings are reinvested in community development projects in Uganda. Torkin Wakefield estimates that BeadforLife has helped more than eight thousand people this way.

它声称超过90%的收入被直接用在乌干达的社区发展计划中。Torkin Wakefield估计BeadforLife以此方式帮助了超过8000人。

So what about Millie Grace Akena, the jewelry maker? Mrs. Wakefield says she has gone on to organize a small group of women who work with her, and they sell their beads to a religious group.

Millie Grace Akena,珠子制造商怎么样了?威克费尔德夫人说她已经组织一群妇女一起工作。她们向一个宗教团体出售这种珠子。

Using Paper Beads to Improve Ugandan Lives

This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, as the old saying goes. But some women are finding a lot to like about colorful beads from Uganda made of recycled paper. The beads are sold by a nonprofit organization in the United States called BeadforLife.

BeadforLife began as a chance meeting between three American women on a trip to Uganda and a local jewelry maker. Millie Grace Akena was rolling paper beads near her home. She worked at a rock quarry. She made paper beads as a hobby. But there was no real market for them in her country.

Torkin Wakefield says she, her daughter Devin Hibbard and Ginny Jordan brought some of the beads back to the United States.

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "Immediately people started admiring the beads. 'Oh, I like this. Where did you get this? It's so pretty.'"

The three Americans launched BeadforLife in two thousand four. Nearly seven hundred women have taken part.

The group says its beaders earn an average of more than two thousand dollars a year in the program. This is five times what they earned before. Torkin Wakefield says the women spend up to eighteen months in the program.

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "During that time she can make regular income and she has a savings account and she begins to study and plan for launching a business, which is her business and which will sustain her once she graduates from BeadforLife. And the program includes a microfinance grant, money that she has actually made by selling us beads that she gets at one time, so that she can make a big enough step into a business that is going to be sustainable."

The beads are sold across Uganda and at the BeadforLife headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. They are also sold online and at jewelry shows called bead parties.

TORKIN WAKEFIELD: "Because they have meaning, because these are gifts that help people, folks in America and beyond, when they buy our beads they feel a sense of generosity. They feel a direct connection, like they can really participate in eradicating poverty."

Acrylic plastic is used to harden the paper. The jewelry costs between five and thirty dollars. BeadforLife reported sales in its last budget year of more than three and a half million dollars. It says for every ten dollar necklace sold, the beader gets two dollars and forty-three cents in money or materials.

It says more than ninety percent of earnings are reinvested in community development projects in Uganda. Torkin Wakefield estimates that BeadforLife has helped more than eight thousand people this way.

So what about Millie Grace Akena, the jewelry maker? Mrs. Wakefield says she has gone on to organize a small group of women who work with her, and they sell their beads to a religious group.

And that's the VOA Special English Development Report , written by June Simms. I'm Steve Ember.


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