African Recycled Paper, Glass, Horn, Barkcloth Beads

City of London, England · 322 Sales


African Recycled Paper, Glass, Horn, Barkcloth Beads

City of London, England 322 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on 22 Mar, 2018

Thanks for visiting Mudhut101!!
We’re currently on holiday and we’ll be again with you soon! :)

Kirstie MacLean Kalonji

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Kirstie MacLean Kalonji


Mzuribeads loose beads, Recycled paper beads, Barkcloth beads, Banana leaf beads, Cow horn beads, Recycled glass beads, Our story.

Hello All,
I'm Kirstie, a Mzuribeads volunteer, based in London. Back in 2006, I established an ethical bead company, Mzuribeads, with the four initial Ugandan village producers. I love the beads and the business, and it gives me great honor to be selling their unique bead range on this Etsy store. The range includes recycled paper, cow horn, barkcloth and recycled glass. I am sure you will enjoy our different shapes and unique textures.
Happy beading!


Mzuribeads is Uganda’s first and leading ethical loose bead company. Their handmade range includes unique shapes and interesting textures which Jewellery designers worldwide appreciate over other poor quality, mass produced components. They believe that although the market for ethical beads is currently small, it is set to expand in relation to the increasing global concern for fair trade and responsible sourcing. They understand that we all have the power to create a larger market by simply raising awareness. There are 3 different groups of artists that Mzuribeads work with: The main cooperative of women live in the village of Ndejje, Uganda (map), It is here that the four Ugandan women who founded the company, (alongside Angus and Kirstie Maclean) also spend a great deal of time and lead the organisation. They had been initially trained in the skill of paper bead making through a now defunct organization. Although they were left with the skill, they had little knowledge of how to take it to a profitable level.

Angus MacLean (initial project founder), was a volunteer in Uganda when he encountered the four beaders. He located a small market in Kampala to sell their finished paper bead necklaces, and paid the women upfront for the full sale price of each necklace. The women were invited to become involved in the marketplace, and soon gained a greater confidence and sense of control of their product and financial prospects. However, the stall was small, and the women were up against a craft trade in Uganda which is highly competitive.

In 2006, Angus's sister, Kirstie MacLean Kalonji (me), came to Uganda to volunteer, and was introduced to the paper beaders. I was inspired by the beauty of their work and confident that their talents could generate a sustainable income for the women. After working on quality, design and communications, i returned to the UK with heaps of jewelry and beads. I began to sell the products, and made several trips back to Uganda to continue her work with the beaders. In 2008, I prematurely left my degree in Community Education at the University of Edinburgh, and loaned (with no interest) my educational finances (sum of £4,000) to Mzuribeads. Since that time, I have continued to advise the cooperative, assisting them on their journey to increase their product range and global distribution.

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Shop members

  • Kirstie MacLean Kalonji

    Owner, Jeweller, London Jewellery Shipper

    I am a keen beader, jewellery maker and traveler. In 2006 I went to Uganda to volunteer, and was inspired by the beauty of the beaders work and became confident that their talents could generate them a sustainable income.

  • Eleni MacLean

    Mzuribeads Stock Manager, Shipping Your Beads From Edinburgh/ Scotland, Designing RhinozArt Jewellery Collection

    I met Mzuribeads through Kirstie & my husband Angus 7 years ago. It was love at first sight! Volunteering with the company since & making my own jewellery, now I'm excited to bring the beads on Mudhut101 for you to love them as much as I first did:)

Shop policies

Last updated on 04 June, 2017
Kirstie and Eleni are proud volunteers for Mzuribeads, a non profit women led Ugandan company. And this supply company is from which we source our fabulous range of loose beads. From recycled paper, barkcloth, banana leaf, cow horn to recycled glass- our different shapes and unique textures should inspire your creations. The beads are made in the village of Ndejje, where Kirstie lived for many years working to establish the bead business amongst a group of entrepreneurial women. Mzuribeads is one of the many inspirational community enterprises moving away from charity and onto sustainable business practice.
If you are part of the increasing global concern for fair trade and responsible sourcing, these beads are for you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
We will accept a return within 7 days of receiving your order. With this we offer a full refund, minus your posting fee for returning the item.

Should your item suffer some unfortunate event, please send it my way and I will be happy to repair it free of charge,
You have until 9am on the day after you have placed your order to request a cancellation. Should you wish to cancel your order, please contact us as soon as possible via our Esty store contact seller method.
Should you wish your order for a particular date, please contact us when you place your order, and let us know.