iPhepha Beads was started in October 2011 as a community empowerment project with a number of self-help groups of vulnerable people, most of whom are women and youth, from the misty Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Beaders repurpose paper from well-known brand name cardboard boxes, magazines, calendars, brochures and other paper, creating beautiful jewellery and deco out of waste. The jewellery is interspersed with natural fillers, such as alien invasive seeds, shell, glass, wood, coconut beads and buttons, with minimal use of plastic beads or imports. Each item is 100% unique and is handmade for you!
The purpose of iPhepha Beads is to eradicate extreme poverty; the Beaders make crafts to earn a sustainable income aside from Government Grants to support themselves and their families under fair trade and eco-friendly principles. iPhepha Beads provide marketing opportunities and donates all profits back to the Beaders and their Benefactors for whichever cause they agree upon.
We are proud to have partnered with eThembeni Ministries and Project Gateway.
Each item of jewellery is as individual as the Beader who made it. By purchasing an iPhepha Beads item of jewellery you will be receiving a striking and superior quality piece of jewellery, unlike any other, while supporting the livelihoods of some amazing people in the misty Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Warning: The paper beads have been varnished so will survive a rain shower but they don’t like to go swimming or to do the washing!
Thank you for supporting iPhepha Beads!