27. June 2011 23:02
By Jim Warner, GAiN USA
One of the responsibilities that Cheryl has assumed is leading a class teaching a group of Haitian women learn how to make beaded necklaces. These necklaces are then sold and part of the proceeds go back to the ladies. This extra income is important to them making it possible for them to support their families.
The interesting thing about the beads on these necklaces is they are made out of old cut up cereal boxes and other cardboard boxes. The compound generates ample raw materials for the ladies who cut the boxes into small long triangle, cover them with paste and roll them up. After they are dry they are covered with shellac and put on the necklace. The result are beautiful colored beads that look nothing like the boxes in their original form. It is a wonderful cottage industry providing badly needed income.