A coworker told me about this great organization called Bead for Life. There's no reason not to take part–you get to buy jewelry and help people.
From their site:
“Bead for Life eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads, and people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell the beads.
The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees — and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all. All profits from Bead for Life are invested in community development projects that generate income and help people work their way out of poverty.”