The Bead Shop

The tall grass in the river flowing by 7 Rivers Farm produces seeds, which local girls are turning into beaded jewelry for sale locally and overseas. The Zulu call these chwabasi beads; in some places they are called imfibinga. They come in different shades of gray and brown, and we combine them with glass beads to make some absolutely stunning necklaces and bracelets.

Our girls are learning a job skill, making an income, and learning budgeting as well. The bead shop, begun in January of 2017, is the first job-skills development project implemented at 7 Rivers, and hopefully the first of many to come.