I started this collection because the beads are just so beautiful.
These beads are ethically sourced and hand made in Nepal by the economically deprived tribal groups from the Himalayas including Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. I support the Dalia Lama, Buddhism, and the Free Tibet campaign. A friend of mine imports these beads, and she is directly involved not only with the craftspeople but also with many charitable projects in Nepal including building the first and only library in the remote Rasuwa district. Your purchase sets up a positive chain of causation directly affecting Tibetan refugees as well as the wider Himalayan region.