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Material World November-December 2009

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BEADS OF HOPEIn Uganda, the word for hope is suubi — and the perfect name for a project that makes and sells strings of beads. The beautiful beads and necklaces are hand-rolled from old posters, magazines, and newspapers by a community-based organization of women, mostly widows displaced by Uganda’s more than two-decade-long civil war. Suubi, a project created by the nonprofit Light Gives Heat, creates consistent weekly incomes in otherwise unemployable areas of the country. Your gift of the Suubi beads (suubiafrica.com) helps Ugandan women provide for their families, and it ensures that weekly literacy and English classes are provided for these same women. The string of beads also is a beautiful piece of jewelry for a loved one that comes with a good story.GREEN TOYS THAT LASTThe online catalog Hazelnut Kids (hazelnutkids.com) provides parents and educators with quality, handcrafted toys made from eco-friendly and sustainable products. That sounds a little heavy, but don’t worry; these toys are pure nontoxic fun. These are castles and dollhouses, dolls and dress-up, and musical instruments and activity …

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