African Beadwork Artist, South Africa
Betty was referred to Beaded Hope by fellow artist, Jabulile. Her work is nothing short of amazing; every stitch and every bead are perfectly placed.
When hired by Beaded Hope, and given her first payment, Betty (and beading partner Nelly) danced and shouted with excitement. "Now we will have bread on the table for our family," they said in Zulu. But in South Africa, having bread on the table for your family means that you invite ALL of your family to enjoy the bounty that you've received.
To see some of Betty's beaded Christmas ornaments 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.