Seeds Beads

Fulfill the dreams of widows in Africa through shopping! Who would have thought?

Feeding and educating children may seem like a small dream, but it is HUGE for a woman who's husband was killed in a rebel attack. She desperately needs her children to help her in the stone quarry to earn the 50 cents a day they need to simply feed themselves. A basic education is out of reach.

Shopping is a way to invest in the work of the poor and marginalized, so that they can provide a better life for their children and improve their community.

Dollars for Dreams: Shop with Purpose!

Make a Difference by How You Shop

Seeds of Hope partners with several international organizations that provide job training to marginalized women. The woman may be a refugee who has left her village or homeland to provide a safety to her family, or a woman who has been rescued out of prostitution in Asia. In each case, these organizations are providing the women with valuable skills, Biblical knowledge and means to express themselves and their experiences creatively.

Seeds of Hope Products

Seeds of Hope sells products made by widows and marginalized African women in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The products include beads and various woven products such baskets and purses. 100% of the proceeds of the sales go to the women and the expansion of the microeconomic enterprise to help more women.

Widows and children in Northern Uganda have money for school fees and hope for their future now that they make beautiful and fun paper bead necklaces. Widows of genocide and HIV/AIDS make traditional woven baskets and purses in Rwanda and Burundi. These groups are purposely multi-ethnic, mixing Hutus and Tutsis to build trust, love and sisterhood. Like the women who make the beads, learning this trade has given the women a hope for the future for themselves and their children.

Host a Home Party

Hosting a home party is simple and fun, no matter where you live! If you are located in Charlotte, NC, or Dallas, TX, we will coordinate with you locally. If you are located anywhere else, we can ship you a selection of beads and baskets for your sale. Your friends will really get excited to buy products and gifts that are transforming lives.

Click here to host a home party!

There are also several retail locations where Seeds of Hope Products are available:

 

North Carolina

BLACKLION
10605 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
Ph: 704.540.1111

CITY ARTWORKS
1630 E. Woodlawn Road, Suite 267 
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ph: 704.527.1300

GOODNESS GRACIOUS (inside of Myers Park United Methodist Church)
1501 Queens Road 
Charlotte, NC 28207
Ph: 704.295.4855

IN SYNC SALON (Charlott'e South End Aveda Salon located inside of Atherton Mill)
2000 South Boulevard, Suite 640
Charlotte, NC 28203
Ph: 704.334.6344

WhimsiCool (inside of The Sleepy Poet on Aisle 12)
4450 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28217
Ph: 704.529.6369

South Carolina

Far Away Places
40 N Market Street # E
Charleston, SC 29401-2099
Ph: 843.723.0410

Muenda Fair Trade
The Market in Charleston, SC

Texas

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse
2414 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Ph: 214.953.1142

Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop
4895 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75244
Ph: 972.991.3866

Urban Dog Coffee Shop
2720 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219-4107
Ph: 214.219.5511

National/Online

Go Fish

ALARM Website

More Dollars for Dreams...

Though our work we have the privilege of working with several other organizations empowering women and families around the globe. These organizations are holistic in nature, meaning that they address the spiritual, emotional, practical and economic needs of the people they serve.

 

Amani Ya Juu is a sewing-marketing-training project for marginalized women in Africa. The main center is located in Nairobi, Kenya, with sister centers in Rwanda and Burundi. The women involved in the project are learning to work together through faith in God who provides a higher peace that transcends ethnic differences. Amani itself portrays a unique picture of diversity with women coming from Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia as well as other African countries.

You can shop the products made by the women of Amani online, at their retail store in Washington, DC, or host a “Gathering” to sell the products in your home.

 

Click here to learn more about hosting an Amani Gathering

 

Visit the Amani store in Washington, DC:

3166 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20010

Ph: (202) 536-5303

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NightLight International is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation. NightLight’s vision is to offer intervention to sexually exploited women and children, to enable them to discover their dignity, and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their community.

NightLight’s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry by offering alternative employment, vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

 

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

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Rwanda Baskets

Changing lives one basket at a time. Made by marginalized women in Rwanda, many of whom are widows from the 1994 genocide.

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Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

Fair trade coffee made in Rwanda. Profits are used to improve the community where the growers live.

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International Princess Project

Advocating for women enslaved in prostitution. Restoring their broken lives. Empowering them to live free. Sells pajamas “Punjammies” made by women rescued from trafficking in India.

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Krochet Kids International

Buy a Hat, Save a Life. Hat crocheted by women in Northern Uganda.

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Mothering Across Continents

Mothering Across Continents: Adopting Dreams. Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders:
A coalition of women catalysts and social entrepreneurs compelled by the idea mothering is the act of developing responsible citizen leaders around the world. MAC, a 501(c)3 non-profit, connects and equips women as guardians, advocates, funders, promoters and replicators of innovative pilots. We empower women to surface, shape, monitor and report on initiatives that require small amounts of money to get started. And we are a network and lab that can share learnings across countries and cultures. Today, we have projects underway and launching in South Africa, Rwanda and Southern Sudan, and a vision of becoming global. Projects unfold like this – we design and develop an innovative pilot on “seed funds;” we monitor, measure and help ensure replication; and then we transition a developed program that others can sustain.

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Neets Sweets

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