Denver Refugee Women’s Craft Initiative
My friend, Janet, of Pink Poppy Studios, told me that she had donated some of her unwanted beads to the Denver Refugee Women’s Craft Initiative, also known as A Little Something. According to their website:
“A Little Something came about in the summer of 2007 when refugee women in a literacy-level English class in Denver, Colorado asked how they—a group of stay-at-home mothers—could earn their own money from their own work. “
Neighborhood groups of women now meet together to create crafts, learn new business and craft skills and support one another. The women in the program earn 75 percent of the selling price of their items. The rest of the money goes back into the business to purchase supplies.
I was needing to weed through my over-vast bead collection too. So I decided to follow Janet’s lead. I gathered up all these beads, (plus a few more). I sent them all off to a Little Something yesterday.
You don’t have to be a beader to contribute to A Little Something. In addition to leftover or unwanted beads or jewelry-making supplies, they also welcome weaving fiber, knitting needles, or natural fiber yarn. They do point out that they do not use acrylic or nylon yarn. You can also make cash donations to their cause. So if you are doing some spring cleaning of your crafty endeavors, this may be just the destination you need for your unwanted supplies. It was just what I needed!