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Program helps immigrants start their own business

Published: Jun. 17, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2011 at 4:02 AM EDT
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Beaded Treasures' Program Director, Surekha Kulkarni
Beaded Treasures' Program Director, Surekha Kulkarni

Posted by Kevin Kayse e-mail

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Though some may take jewelry for granted, a group of Louisville immigrants are using it to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Many immigrant women are now participating in the 'Beaded Treasures' project, which allows refugees the chance to create and sell their own jewelry.

"The program focuses on providing refugee women beaders with tools and resources to generate income, eliminate the middle man, and become self-sufficient entrepreneurs and not depend on government or other aid alone," said Beaded Treasures' Program Director, Surekha Kulkarni.

All funds for the project are given by the community, while materials, including items such as beads for the necklaces, are donated.

If you would like to donate or volunteer, just call Metro Call at 311.

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