Frequently Asked Questions
How does Beaded Treasures work?
Members purchase low cost, subsidized materials from BT for jewelry making. The materials can be purchased with cash or may be purchased on credit, to be repaid when the member begins to profit from her work or at a later determined date. Balances may be repaid over time so that members may retain part of their profits immediately. New members are offered a low credit limit so that they will not incur an unexpected debt and will quickly learn to balance cost and profit margins.
How does BT benefit its members?
Material costs are extremely low due to bead/materials donations and wholesale pricing.
Member profit margins are high as we are staffed by volunteers and seek out low cost venues.
Members work from home allowing them to care for their families and maintain jobs.
Members practice English skills in meetings and during selling events.
Members receive financial literacy instruction and referrals to outside agencies who provide further financial assistance and education.
Members receive instruction in jewelry design and crafting.
After graduation from BT, beaders continue to receive limited support and are encouraged to return to assist with instruction and education of new members.
How often do members meet?
One time per month either at a shared community space or at a member's home.
Is Beaded Treasures affiliated with Kentucky Refugee Ministries?
No. The earliest group of beaders were clients of Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the organization continues to refer suitable refugees to the Project.
How do you find new members?
We are constantly looking for new BT members through refugee resettlement groups in the area as well as through local refugee organizations. Please contact Surekha if you know of women who are interested in joining.