Kettering College is helping Africans leave poverty behind, one bead at a time. The college’s annual BeadforLife event will be held December 9-11. 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. Items will also be available at Prestige on December 21. 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 per 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. All net profits from BeadforLife sales are invested in projects that fight extreme poverty, primarily in health care, affordable housing, vocational training for impoverished you, and entrepreneurial development through micro-credit for small businesses.
Coordinated by Kettering College English professor Jill Evans, the last six BeadforLife events at the school have raised a combined total of around $30,000 for the organization. This amount places Kettering College as one of the biggest donors to the BeadforLife organization.