FIGHTING POVERTY ONE BEAD AT A TIME

The Embera Bead Project works with the Embera indigenous people in Medellín, Colombia. A large number of Embera people have fled their villages because of violence from armed groups and are living as internally displaced persons throughout the city of Medellin. Most of them have had a challenging time surviving in the big city due to a lack of formalized education and the inability to speak Spanish. In order to meet their basic daily needs, many of these families beg on the streets or sell handmade Embera style jewelry. This lifestyle comes at great risk to their family as it is common for children found begging in the streets to be taken to Colombian government facilities.

The Embera Bead Project seeks to break this cycle of poverty by providing jewelry workshops where the Embera can make a fair wage for their art and attend development classes where they can learn new skills to increase their quality of life. We are currently searching for a dedicated space where we can start childcare and offer more extended educational programs. The Embera Bead Project has a two part goal, first, for the Embera indigenous people to sustainably improve their quality of life, and secondly for the children to receive an education to minimize generational poverty.

In 2022 Embera Bead Project and Retail on Mission NFP partnered with Sueños y Huellas Del Mañana to start Casa Embera. Through Casa Embera, the Embera Bead Project funds can help provide an education for the children among other programs for the adults. To learn more about Casa Embera, please click here.

This project is operated as a partnership between IMB missionaries Beth and Travis Burkhalter and Retail On Mission NFP. By purchasing one of their handmade designs or by donating to the Embera Bead Project you can help fight poverty and restore hope for Embera families one bead at a time.

Host Party in a Box!

WE WILL SEND YOU A BOX FULL OF HANDMADE EMBERA BEAD PROJECT JEWELRY. YOU CAN HOST A SPECIAL GET TOGETHER AT YOUR HOUSE OR AT AN EVENT WHERE YOUR FRIENDS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT EMBERA BEAD PROJECT AND ARE PROVIDED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ITEMS. WE WILL EVEN SET UP YOU WITH A WAY TO ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS. FREE GIFT INCLUDED FOR THE HOST! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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