Director of Personnel, South Africa
Mama Peggy, or as Beaded Hope calls her, "The Matriarch of Mamelodi," is a retired South African schoolteacher. She left her life's work after feeling she was being called by God to support HIV/AIDS victims in the community and now works as a counselor for Bophelong Hospice, the hospice which Beaded Hope helps support.
Mama Peggy also works with Beaded Hope in materials acquisition, work apprenticeship and cultural immersion. She once led the team in a spirited dance during an all-night beading session, and she currently creates the Woven Cuff Bracelets using a traditional Xhosa design.
To see some of Mama Peggy's beadwork designs click here.
It was a Moment of Hope
In a country overwhelmed by sickness, poverty and unemployment, most South Africans suffering from the impact of HIV/AIDS have no way of supporting themselves or their families.
However, in a moment of hope, women from South Africa and America joined together to collectively battle the devastation of the AIDS pandemic.
By using education and employment, we hope to empower families in South Africa who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
It is our hope that...
...survival will no longer be a struggle,
...food will be prevalent,
...family units will be whole,
...and lives will be changed.
Our hope is that all this is possible through Beaded Hope.
Beaded Hope is growing, and bead by bead, woman to woman, we're making a difference.