Beaded Hope Founder
Prior to founding Beaded Hope in 2005, Jennifer had three careers: one in project management, another as a jewelry designer and yet another as a stay-at-home mother to her two sons.
Jennifer has always had a passion for the people and beauty of the African continent. In fact, she'd been saving for a trip to Africa for nearly 15 years when she answered a call in Crossroads Church's newsletter for assistance working on a partnership with a church in Mamelodi, South Africa. In that community more than 30% of residents suffer from HIV/AIDS and countless more are impacted in some shape or form. Crossroads was seeking volunteers to determine how to help this community and via that call, Jennifer traveled to Mamelodi in July of 2005. While there, she saw the intricate artisan beaded jewelry and ornaments made by the women and realized that her own jewelry design business provided her with a means to help the women in a very significant manner.
Upon returning to the U.S., Jennifer crystallized the vision for Beaded Hope.
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.