BeadforLife helps Africans leave poverty behind, one bead at a time
Kettering College will sponsor its sixth annual BeadforLife event from Wednesday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 5. In support of this organization, college faculty and staff will be selling necklaces, bracelets, earrings and shea butter soap and lip balm – all Ugandan-made – from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday on the ground floor of the Boonshoft Center for Medical Sciences. Purchases can be made using cash, check or credit card.
BeadforLife is a socially responsible global organization working with women, all of whom were living on less than $1 a day in extreme poverty. Based in North America and Uganda, BeadforLife has partnered with industrious women who make vivid beaded jewelry out of recycled paper.
Coordinated by Kettering College English professor Jill Evans, the last five BeadforLife events at the school have raised a combined total of around $23,000 for the organization.
The beaders’ work has been sold at thousands of home parties, businesses and community-sponsored events around the world. All net profits from BeadforLife sales are invested in projects that fight extreme poverty, primarily in health care, affordable housing, vocational training for impoverished youth, and entrepreneurial development through micro-credit for small businesses. More information about BeadforLife can be found at www.beadforlife.org.