Recycled Paper Beaded Bracelet, "Exclusive Invitation"
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Akwele Suma creates a whimsical effect with the design of this bracelet. She crafts the bracelet by hand in a palette of grey, cream, red, black and brown hues obtained from rolled-up cylinders of recycled paper. Each one is flanked by sese wood beads.
The artist uses the paper at hand so paper colors will vary, making each design a unique example of handcrafted art. These beads receive a protective coat of clear nail polish.
Akwele is currently supporting the education of her own child and three others, from primary school all the way to the university level.
Akwele Suma has received 5 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $300. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as paper, glue, hooks, and clasps; and also to employ additional workers to assist her in production.