The local nonprofit organization The Beaded Treasure Project has been helping underprivileged immigrant women gain confidence, marketable skills and empowerment through jewelry making since 2012. Surekha Kulkarni, the mastermind behind the project and an immigrant herself, started the organization after meeting a small group of newly migrated women in 2011. Rather than simply giving the women a donation Kulkarni decided to go the extra effort and teach them one of her own skills, jewelry making.
In the last year Kulkarni has opened a storefront with an in-house crafting shop, expanded the product line of Beaded Treasures and has helped over 200 immigrant women achieve financial empowerment and independence. The Beaded Treasure Project hosts several workshops throughout the year that teaches sewing and jewelry making. Kulkarni also works with women abroad to sell their handmade items in the United States
For more information about The Beaded Treasure Project workshops or to get involved visit www.beadedtreasuresproject.com