Students at Southern Wesleyan University-North Augusta campus will have an event today to raise awareness about extreme poverty and how a nonprofit organization, Bead for Life, is addressing the issue.
“Their mission is very simple,” said student Vonda Butler.
“It’s to create sustainable opportunities for women, to lift them up out of extreme poverty. It connects women with other women.”
The organization teaches women how to become entrepreneurs and be independent by teaching them the skill of making recycled paper bead jewelry, Butler said.
“They are teaching them a business model to sustain themselves and eventually come out of extreme poverty,” she said.
A jewelry party will be held today at 6 p.m. at the campus, 802 W. Martintown Road. Jewelry will range in prices from $4 to $28.
“All proceeds go back to the Bead for Life organization,” Butler said. “The jewelry is amazing. I would encourage people to come early because that’s your best choice of inventory.”
During the event, a DVD will be played to highlight the Bead for Life organization and its global work.
There will also be light refreshments.
The idea for the event came out of an assignment in the students’ marketing management course in university’s master of science in management degree program.
“Our professor, Dr. Bill Raynor, gave us an assignment to do a project or a presentation and report on a business,” she said.
“We had a chance to present a business of our interest. As a result of the opportunity of doing a presentation for the class, the class decided to host a Bead for Life party to bring awareness to an important issue.”
Butler said that they hope the event will urge others to raise awareness about the organization.
Students holding the event are: Butler, Della Hardin, Tequilla Parks, Kim Jones, Tamela Mims and Tiea Thomas.