The Bagala Story
“Bagala”, simply put, means love. A mother’s love for her children has no boundaries. Bagala Beads & Baskets was founded to help Ugandan mothers provide for their families. After sponsoring needy children in Uganda for 3 years, Brett and Shauna Fuller traveled to Africa to meet the people and visit their schools. What they found was unexpected. They met people with incredible faith who were working hard to recover from decades of dictatorship, civil war, and the scourge of AIDS.
The art of making beads and baskets is handed down from one generation to the next. Amazed with their resourcefulness and artistry, the Fullers desired to help local women make a living from their talents. Many of these women are widows affected by the AIDS crisis. Being able to work enables the women to provide for their families, helps break the cycle of poverty, and allows them to work from home.
Along with creating employment, Bagala helps the Ugandan economy by purchasing materials locally. In addition, a portion of the profits are returned to Uganda in order to fund the basic and educational needs of AIDS orphans.
Bagala products are hand made in Jinja, Uganda. Our beads are made from recycled magazines, posters and paper, so no two are exactly alike.