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Hope comes in many forms. For about 100 women of Uganda's Acholi Quarter, where HIV infection is rampant, it comes in the shape of paper beads from their work with Project Have Hope. These beautiful, heartfelt pieces, made from recycled paper as part of a fair trade cooperative, enable them to feed their families, send children to school, take part in adult literacy or vocational training, all to shape a brighter, more hopeful future.

For Ayat Jackie, that has meant, "aspiring to be a role model for my younger sister." After six years in a refugee camp, she became a talented artisan and businesswoman using income from making paper bead jewelry to secure a loan from Project Have Hope to finish school and open her own salon. She continues to design jewelry and succeed with her entrepreneurial spirit, giving back to her community and inspiring others.

In addition to making paper beads, Akot Josephine enjoys designing necklaces for the thrill of knowing people wear the jewelry she creates. As an escaped abductee from the Northern Uganda conflict, she uses her income to support her family and pursue her dream of educating her children. "I am now able to stand on my own," she says proudly.

Another member of Project Have Hope, Ayoo Jennifer is HIV-positive as well as a positive role-model for leading a healthy, productive life. She used to beg for money, but now works to pay for her medication and provide for her family. Hope for her has meant making and selling paper beads to buy a motorcycle taxi as well as to farm sesame seeds. She continues to expand her business and also counsel other HIV-positive individuals. "I'm an example for others to get better," she states.

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