Miche Hope Pendant – Handmade Berr Beads – Fight Domestic Violence
Miche’s Hope shells and jewelry have always served a greater cause than simply beauty and fashion – proceeds from the sales go to fight diseases like cancer and disorders like autism. This time – it does this and even more. This is quite a story…Miche’s Hope Initiative has always offered beautifully designed shells or jewelry, incorporating the word “Hope” in their style, with proceeds from each sale donated to fight challenges like autism and cancer. For the month of March and April 2014, these donations for sales of all Miche Hope accessories will be directed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The new Miche Hope Clover Accent for the Single Pendant Base also helps women and children to survive and escape violent situations – not just in the sales, but in the making of this beautiful piece.
This exceptional accent is embellished with handmade Berr Beads created by the women of the Kaberamaido Cooperative. Kaberamaido is a war ravaged district of Uganda, where decades of civil war, crushing poverty and raging disease has left thousands of women and children bereft of home and husbands. Faced with living as displaced people in their own homeland, the widowed and single women of Kaberamaido also bear the need to care for many children with little or no resources. Greatly burdened, but not broken, the women of Kaberamaido have found hope in the creation of beautiful, brightly colored beads, hand rolled from magazines sent from America, torn into strips and fashioned into beauty. These Berr Beads are then sold to crafters and designers in the United States, where their unique qualities are cherished in the design of fashion jewelry and accessories. The money from the sale of the Berr Beads is returned to the women crafters - and they are investing in their future. To learn more about the women of Kaberamaido and the wonders they are achieving with their Berr Beads, click here.
Berr, (pronounced “bear”) translates to “good” or “I am well”. These eco-friendly beads are finely crafted from magazines into individual beads, treated to be very strong – much like their crafters. Each is slightly different from every other – one-of-a-kind works of art.
“Although straw is not woven into gold, magazines are woven into beauty, industry and life.”
I am deeply moved and so honored to be associated with a company using these exquisite beads - in and of themselves, tangible symbols of hope – to create their beautiful accent – the Miche Hope Clover Accent – proceeds from which are donated to provide relief and support for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, here in the United States.
This is an exceptional example of women helping women to help women. Beauty comes in many, many forms, and just about every single one is represented here.
When you order the Miche Hope Clover Accent, it is arrives in a gift ready box, with the above card enclosed. I am showing you both sides of a business sized card. On the front - the colorful picture of four women of Kaberamaido, wearing necklaces made of their Berr Beads with the words: HOPE “Berr Beads has given us opportunity where before there was helplessness.” – Helen, Berr Beads. On the back, it reads “Due to civil war, disease and poverty, Kaberamaido, Uganda is home to thousands of orphaned children and single mothers. Resilient women from this area are producing Berr Beads – necklaces made from recycled magazines – that are a key source of income. Miche is honored to team with this organization to make a difference.”
I have two of these so very special Miche Hope Clover Accents. The center square of the clover is silver on one side, with the word Miche, on the other side, it is gold, with the word Hope. Each is different in the Berr Beads used to accent them. Each is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind way of being a small part of something so big and so special.
The Berr Beads are truly lovely. Though light in weight, they are hard and strong. The entire accent is the same high quality design and manufacture you expect from Miche. Personally, I love it as a colorful fashion accessory with character and flair, and of course, a whole lot of meaning. I love wearing mine. But perhaps you don’t fancy the design, the look of it for yourself. It may not be your style. This is perfectly understandable. Equally understandable – you likely now want to be a part of this story - the Miche Hope Accent: proceeds donated to protect women and children from domestic violence - fashioned in part by the hand crafting of women half a world away who are reclaiming their lives through the same, beautiful artistry.
You can be a part of this amazing story. If you love this accent as I do – buy it and wear it proudly for the incredible story it tells. If it isn’t your style, I know there is a woman in your life, dear to you, that would love to wear it. Give her the gift of being a part of this amazing story, and make sure she understands all that it means.
Give the gift of Hope… Give the gift of Style… Give the gift of Inspiration.
If you want to order this Miche Hope Clover Accent for yourself, or loved ones – or both, I think it looks best with the Silver Single Pendant Base, $30. The Accent itself is $26. It would be hard to think of a more meaningful gift. I don’t know how long these beauties will last. I recommend thinking of the women in your life you want to share this with, and order soon – for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation, or my favorite occasion of all – “because I love you.”
Thank you for letting me share the story of these remarkable women and the beautiful Berr Beads they have created. Click here to order the Miche Hope Clover Accent today. Enjoy!
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