Paper to Pearls is a micro-enterprise initiative of *Voices for Global Change*, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Paper to Pearls began in 2006 as a poverty alleviation program at a time when 1.8 million people were confined to Internally Displaced People’s camps in northern Uganda due to the on-going conflict between the government of Uganda and the insurgent Lord's Resistance Army.
A 100% fair trade and "green" initiative, Paper to Pearls (P2P) currently works with 125 women in the Gulu District who create handcrafted jewelry from recycled paper. In addition to buying their work, P2P training gives them skills they need to manage their income. The lives of the women, their families and their communities are being transformed by this project. Based on UN statistics, 30 people benefit from each beader's work. In addition, 80-85% of the money raised by P2P directly benefits the beaders through purchases of their work, on-going training and entrepreneurship development, and general support.