Women Find Hope Through Beads
Jewelry has become a way of saving lives. In Kibera, Kenya, it's not only helping HIV positive women, it's helping recycle waste. The community-based organization Mirror of Hope has united women from around Kibera to create beads out of supermarket packaging, satin poster papers, and old calendars, to name a few, and sell the pieces. The group began five years ago. One member, Elizabeth Kasim, told The Star in Nairobi that she beads and weaves every day while working as a vegetable seller. The work helped her get her children educated and to care for her brother's children when he died. One of the more difficult aspects of the work is finding contacts in the local community. "People in this community don't value, or simply don't have the money for these products," group member Janet Otieno told The Star. Mirror of Hope does sell to foreign countries, including Canada and Italy, and organization manager Thomas Nyawir says he hopes to expand to Australia and the United States.