This project began following a trip to Africa, where Sara worked at a glass blowing factory and with children at the Oloosirkon Government Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. Designed to give back to the school children she met there, One Bead markets a bead. One half of the bead is thick and one is thin, which symbolizes having a lot versus having little. In the center of the bead is an “O,” representing the name of the school. The bead hangs on a piece of leather, is made from recycled windows and bottles, and is heated in a furnace that runs on old car fuel. Purchasers of the bead acknowledge the desire to help another individual and all proceeds support the school. One Bead looks to establish itself as a leading non-profit organization working to support education in Africa.
Sara Wroblewski '13, the 2011-2012 Pitch winner, is the director of her own non-profit, One Bead. One Bead still sells recycled glass bead bracelet to support education in Nairobi, Kenya and yet it is shifting into a leadership development organization, OneLife, for youth in the United States. She will pilot a program at an elementary school in Boston, Massachusetts this year (2014-15). With help from Caroline Dosky '12 MAT '13, she piloted two programs in Boston, Massachusetts this past year.