I recently ordered these Bead for Life beads. They are beads handmade from recycled paper, made by women in Uganda. Making these beads have changed their lives. They were starving and are now feeding and supporting their families. Please visit their site and see these amazing women! I used the beads to make these charms for the May charm swap I am doing with the Red Lead Yahoo Group. I will be putting more Bead for Life jewelry in my Etsy Store and will donate any proceeds from the sale of those items back to the Bead for Life organization. The beads are so colorful and beautiful and the story behind them so inspiring!