The Bead Project goes to the Conventions!

We are excited to announce that The Haitian Bead Project will be participating in two big conventions, Central California Women’s Conference (CCWC), and MOMcon this fall!  These conferences will be hosting hundreds of women from all over the US, and we hope to share the products and stories of our hardworking Haitian women with as many as we can. Our booth at each conference will feature  our new products and some old favorites as well. Please come out and join us!


Turquoise & black set

We have a host of new sets of Haitian Beads coming out this fall!

Central California Women’s Conference 2013

September 17th, 7:00-4:00 p.m.

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

848 M Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Booth #162

MOPS logo

MOMcon 2013

October 17-19

Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, Misouri

*We will have our Fall collection at the convention to share as well as Party Boxes on hand for any MOPS groups that may want to take some of our collection home to sell for the holidays and bless our Haitian artisans in the process.

Upcoming Fall/Winter 2013 Events


Our new Fall collection 2013

Our Fall/Winter schedule of events is here! We are looking forward to a busy season of sales, including conventions and craft boutiques. We will be adding more events as we go so be sure to check back. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new faces soon!



Sunday, September 8th

Gilmore/CFM Haiti Sharing Night

The Bridge Church in the Ground Floor room in the Atrium

3438 E. Ashlan Avenue in Fresno, CA

Friday, October 18th

Short-term Missions Team Sharing Night

The Bridge Church

3438 E. Ashlan Avenue in Fresno, CA

Sunday, October 6th

Trinity Fall Festival

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Trinity Community Church

12168 N Willow Ave

Clovis, CA

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13th

Old Town Clovis Flea Market

Saturday 10:00am-4:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Clovis Rodeo Grounds
748 Rodeo Drive
Clovis, CA 93612

Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19

MOMcon: MOPS Convention

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, November 23

MOPS Merry Little Christmas Boutique

Saturday, Nov. 23

The Bridge Church

3438 E. Ashlan Avenue in Fresno, CA


 Thursday, December 5

Christmas Missions Dessert

Bethany Mennonite Brethren Church

9161 N. Maple Fresno, CA 93720

Summer Jewelry Sale 7/23

Summer Sale 7/23

Come on out this Tuesday the 23rd for an exciting girls fashion show where the Haitian Beads will be showcased! From Clovis Unified School District’s Summer Fun Program, comes a Modeling and Finishing Touches Class. Girls are ages 9-13, from all over Clovis, Fresno, Central and Madera school districts will be involved and modeling our jewelry at Kastner Intermediate School MPR at 11:30. Admission is free!

The Haitian Bead Project goes to Kingsburg Farmers Market

Summer Haitian Beads

Summer in the Valley is here! And with summer comes all the fun of our local Farmers Markets, Festivals, and Craft Fairs. We will be featuring The Haitian Beads at many different sales over the summer and we would love to have you come and check us out. There will be fun, food, and crafts for everyone– so bring the whole family!

We will be at the Kingsburg Farmers Market 5- 9 p.m. on May 30, June 13, July 11, and August 8. And stand by:  More dates and information for other events are coming! If you know of an event that we should be at this summer, or if you are interested in volunteering to help sell at an event, please contact us by email: look forward to seeing you in the next couple of months!

Host your own Haitian Bead Project event with a Party Box

Order a party box and host your own Open House, feature jewelry at your boutique or church event, or use the jewelry as a fundraiser.
Order a party box and host your own Open House, feature jewelry at your boutique or church event, or use the jewelry as a fundraiser.


Why host a party?

Hosting a bead party is a great way to get involved in the Bead Project! You can help support our artists and do it in a fun and creative way. As a thank you to all those hosting, we would like to offer you 20% off your own purchases.


What comes in a bead party box?

Our party boxes contain a tally sheet for sales, postcards to hand out at the party or event, and a letter containing some further instructions for you to help your party go smoothly. We put different colors and types of jewelry in the box so you receive a variety. On average we put in 20 of each of the following: long necklaces, short necklaces, classic bracelets, and earrings. We can also include at your request key chains, lanyards, friendship bracelets, beaded scarves and headbands, or some of our home products like napkin rings or fan pulls. This may change based on our availability of a product. You can request the amounts and colors of each item that you want for your party, customizing it to your preferences.


*Please note that no two items are exactly the same, and the jewelry contains more than one color due to the unique cardboard beads.


What is the job of the host/hostess?



-Decide on your venue and setting for the party. e.g. at home, church, an office, even a table at lunch.

-Order the jewelry (Remember to leave time for shipping)

-Decide what kind of a party you want. Do you want to serve food? Do you want to keep it casual?

-Create an invitation to help get people excited about your party. You want them to know you thought of them specifically for this event. -Then invite people!

-Come up with a fun way to put your jewelry on display. The jewelry is very vibrant so the set-up can be simple. Allow the jewelry to speak for itself. (This is an easy way to be creative, so feel free to make it your own!) Check out our Facebook page at The Haitian Bead Project for photos of how others have displayed the jewelry at parties or open houses.



-Set up your display. Create the atmosphere with music, candles or keep it simple for quick shopping.

-Make sure to mark the tally sheet as you sell items so the profits get back to each artist.

- Have fun!


-Box up leftover jewelry to ship back, and send it with the inventory sheet back to us in Fresno, California.

-Cash and Cashiers checks are accepted. If you would like to accept personal checks and then charge the full amount to your credit card or send your own check that is also acceptable.


Tips and ideas for set up:

- Try sending invitations through an e- invitation site.

-Encourage people to try on jewelry and have a mirror close by for them.

- Long and short necklaces can sometimes be difficult to tell apart. A long necklace can wrap twice around your neck.

-Take pictures of your display and send them to us or post them on Facebook so we can share your creativity with others.


Any questions? Feel free to contact us! (559) 908-0004 or


This fun, simple display was used by volunteer Naomi McGaughey at her Open House.

Spring 2013 Jewelry Events

serene - turquoise with poppy red & white

Spring 2013 Events:

Friday, April 5th

Wood Elementary Carnival

2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

700 Teague Ave, Clovis, CA 93619

Saturday, April 20th

VASA school Multicultural Fair

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Arte Americas

Bring your kids to this event with carnival games, food & crafts featured from many different cultures!

Sunday, April 21st

Bead Project Volunteer Dessert

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

4711 N. Harrison Ave, Fresno CA 93704

If you have served with us or are interested in getting involved we will be going over the goals and needs of the Bead Project!

Saturday, April 27th

“Taste of Friendship”

The Bridge Church

3438 E. Ashlan Ave Fresno

Saturday, May 4th

    Craftopia Mother’s day Craft Fair

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Van Ness & Shaw

Come find that perfect gift for Mom!

Sunday, May 5th

    Family Community Church in Fresno

2434 E. Nees Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

8:30 a.m. -noon

Come hear Dorina speak about the project and purchase beads in between services!


The Bridge Evangelical Free Church

3438 E. Ashlan


Come stop by our table out on the plaza!

Saturday, May 11

Flatlander’s Craft Fair

Madera Ranchos

Join us for a parade and shopping!

May 17-18

California Classic Expo

Terrio Fitness

741 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

3-7 p.m. Thursday & Friday


Valentine jewelry sale: Saturday, Feb. 9 in Fresno


Looking for a unique gift for the love in your life? Beautiful handcrafted Haitian beaded jewelry will make your wife, girlfriend, mother, grandma, lover feel special while you also show love to a family in Haiti. Come check out our new Valentine stash this SATURDAY, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crossfit Combat Fitness gym in Fresno inside the Fresno Indoor Soccer arena on the NW corner of Shaw and Cedar. This sale will be part of the Valentine Couples’ Challenge Crossfit event raising money for Haiti.

Just released!: Valentine Haitian Jewelry sets

Valentine sets of Haitian jewelry make the perfect gift. Hot pink & white set of long necklace, bracelet & earrings: $40 plus shipping

Valentine sets of Haitian jewelry make the perfect gift. Hot pink & white set of long necklace, bracelet & earrings: $40 plus shipping


love stash

helping of love


Looking for something unique to give your Valentine? Tired of the same-old chocolate and flowers? Consider a Valentine jewelry set handcrafted by one of our Haitian artisans. We’re featuring beautiful deep purples, magentas, baby pinks, ruby reds. We have bracelets, hoop earrings, short necklaces and long necklaces in different combinations. Valentine sets come in a natural burlap gift bag. Place your order through We will ship directly to you!

Final California Events Before Christmas

These colorful bracelets made from recycled paper and cardboard make the perfect stocking stuffer or teacher gift. $5 multiplies to bless an artisan in Haiti and someone on your list.

 Friday, Dec. 14 and Monday, Dec. 17

Uppitees 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique & Open House

5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Hosted by Teresa Mitchell

2316 Van Ness Blvd.

This unique event features a variety of quality vendors in a holiday boutique.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

The Haitian Bead Project Holiday Open House at Craftopia Craft Studio

5:30 p.m.-8:30p.m.

2225 W Shaw Ave. Suite #101

Hosted by Kirsten Gould & Dorina Gilmore

*Come enjoy some cookies & hot beverages and get those last-minute stocking stuffers or gifts for a special person on your list!



Winter 2012 Event Line-up

Jewelry made by Haitian artisans from upcycled cardboard

Photo by Lisa Schmidt


October Haitian Bead Project Events:

Saturday, October 6

Craftopia Craft Studio – Grand Opening

10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the back courtyard area

2225 W. Shaw suite #101. Fresno, California

Saturday, October 13

Wine & Jewelry Party

hosted by Yasmin Rodrigues

Invite only

Fresno, California

Saturday, October 20

College St. Fall Festival

200 block of College Street near Nevada Street in Fresno, California

Sunday, October 21

River Valley Church

10 a.m. Service & following

Clovis North Educational Center, 2770 E. International Avenue; Fresno, CA 93730

November Events:

Thursday, Nov. 1

Fresno Art Hop reception hosted by Andra Christensen at Gypsy Garden Arts

5-8:30 p.m.

2223 S. Van Ness Ave, Fresno, California (Inside Sorensen’s Studio)

Saturday, Nov. 17

MOPS Christmas Boutique

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

3438 E. Ashlan. Fresno, California

Saturday, Dec. 1

Haiti Decathlon Crossfit Fundraiser

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Crossfit Combat Fitness gym inside Fresno Indoor Soccer, 5075 N. Cedar

Saturday, Dec. 1

WILPF Holiday Craft Faire

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Big Red Church/First Congregational Church near Fresno High School

2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero Street, Fresno, California