The Story of Unique Beads
Lise Aagaard, together with an organization called Tibet Charity, developed the Tibet Beads Project in 2005 to give unemployed Tibetan refugees in India an opportunity to learn new skills and earn an income.
Lise Aagaard coached a group of twelve people and their leader (who was appointed by the Dalai Lama himself) in all aspects of running a jewelry business, including design, bead production, and marketing. Lise Aagaard also provided financial backing for the project. Tibet Beads is now managed by the Tibetan Unemployment Cooperative Society. The group sells their glass beads and jewelry from a shop on the main street of Dharamsala, India.
These artisans were the creators of our first Unique Beads.