Charity Profile – BeadforLife

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Combs & Company has been a supporter of BeadforLife for the past 3 years and continues to be fascinated at all they do!

Check out an excerpt from their website as they tell their story best!

“Paper bead jewelry was only the beginning. We could have stayed the course, working with one group of women to create fair trade products that we could sell for them in the U.S. market – but we had bigger dreams. We created an entrepreneurial business training program, giving women living in poverty the skills and confidence they need to go out and create their own local businesses before they graduate. Salons, shoe stores, and produce stands are cropping up in Uganda and women are making money and living out their dreams. Not only do they have income, but now they have the confidence to be sustainable business women – meeting their own needs and creating a generation of confident and capable children.

But we haven’t stopped there. We’ve taken the best parts of that original business program and created The Street Business School. These savvy women don’t make products (for us), they make progress! They are women who have dreamed of running successful businesses, and that’s exactly what they do when they graduate, only six months later! See the impact.

Now we’re taking this proven poverty eradication program to the world! We will partner with organizations around the globe to share our program, so that we can ignite the lives of one million women!”

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Feature Friday with BeadforLife!

In lieu of holiday gifts and cards to our clients and colleagues we choose to support charities that have touched one of our Crew Member’s hearts. Please read about our first Holiday Feature Friday where we honor BeadforLife!


Happy Holidays from Combs & Co!

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This year, in lieu of gifts and cards, Combs & Company is donating to

BeadforLife in our clients’ honor.

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Combs & Co. has been a longtime supporter of BeadforLife – a nonprofit that works with women living in poverty to provide them with skills that enable them to become successful, savvy, and sustainable entrepreneurs. For over ten years, BeadforLife has trained women through their Beads to Business program – an 18-month course that teaches women how to make beaded jewelry out of paper, which they sell to earn capital to start businesses in their local markets. Since BeadforLife began, they have facilitated the creation of nearly 3,000 businesses, helping more than 40,000 people through the women and their families!

With help from supporters like Combs & Co., BeadforLife has already completed a rapid prototyping by training other women’s organizations on how to incorporate the Street Business School (SBS) model into their programs. These organizations provide SBS training to women in their own communities and help them become successful entrepreneurs! To expand globally, and ultimately reach their goal of having one million women trained in the SBS program by 2027, BeadforLife started the Ignite One Million campaign.

In November, Combs and Co. made a significant contribution to this campaign and unlocked a matching gift – making an investment worth $20,000! This money will help BeadforLife train more organizations around the world and evaluate their effectiveness to create the best plan to ignite the potential of one million women!

If you would like to join Combs & Co. in supporting BeadforLife’s efforts, and possibly have your own gift matched, please visit

For more information about this wonderful organization visit BeadforLife at

 Happy Holidays to you and yours!

The Combs & Company Crew

Susan, Rachel, Jennifer, Colleen, Yahaira, Chris,

Anthony, Carol, Tish, Valerie & Hayley

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