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Here at Billions Rising, we've always been focused on self-reliance, so there are some organizations that will always hold a special place in our hearts. One of these is Bead For Life in Kampala, Uganda.

Bead For Life started as a humble bead-making business for local women; today they've expanded to teach women how to create their own businesses of all kinds, helping themselves out of poverty along the way. And they've got an incredible track record: fully 89% of their graduates become business owners within two years. Our Board President Janet Lipsey has had the pleasure of visiting their team in Uganda in the past, and hopes to make the trip again in the coming year.

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As many of our followers already know, Billions Rising has long been a supporter of Andrew Gabula and his Joy Orphanage in Uganda. Over the last 14 years, Gabula has built an operation that includes a K-7 primary school, boarding for unplaced orphans and a huge farming operation, all to serve Ugandan children whose parents have died of AIDS. We wrote about his efforts, and Billions Rising Board President Janet Lipsey's visit to his orphanage, here back in March of this year.

We've made assisting organizations like Gabula's our priority, so we were deeply pleased to hear from him last week. It seems the orphanage had just received the dairy goats that he purchased with the foundation's help, a...

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I've recently started a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of a friend, who is doing great work in Uganda to support local coffee farmers. On my recent trip there I had the chance to meet some of those farmers, and I really want to help them in their quest to find new markets for their crop.

We have until April 12th to raise $2,730, which will cover travel and visa fees to the U.S. for Birenge and his business partner. Here they will be able to speak directly to buyers in an international forum, a huge opportunity. We are confident in our goal, but if it isn't reached in the allotted time, your donations will be refunded!

Please see the link below for details, and lend all the support that you c...

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