A Look Back at 2008 January 23 2009

At the beginning of a new year, I always like to take a look back to see where I've been.  So, over the last few days, I've been reviewing Beaded Hope's accomplishments in 2008. There certainly have been a lot of highs (the release of new products) and lows (the current financial situation in the U.S.). While the business side of Beaded Hope is both important and relevant, I find Beaded Hope's impact on the women living in Mamelodi is our greatest accomplishment. With this in mind, I invite you to take a look at Beaded Hope in 2008. Since I happen to be a spreadsheet girl (a character trait that lingers after spending 12 years in IT), I'm going to share the numbers with you in a clear and concise Excel spreadsheet so that you adequately absorb them.  Check out this chart.

What does this mean? Well, it means that, despite the current economic situation, we're growing every year. It also means that in 2008 we paid our artists the equivalent of over 2200 days worth of food, or more than 6 years, of food. That means we've provided at least a years' worth of food to each of our dedicated beadwork artists. To me, that's called changing the world, one person at a time.