“I experienced somehow turned a component of their transformation,” Surekha Kulkarni claimed. “From diffident to self-assured, and dependent to independent.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In 1986, Surekha Kulkarni and her spouse, Suhas, uprooted their relatives of four from India to transfer to Kentucky.

“We did not go right here for dollars or fame or fortune,” Surekha Kulkarni claimed.

She reported her younger son was in Kindergarten when she realized he was dyslexic and wanted a lot more educational instruction, instruction that the de Paul School in Louisville presented.

But transferring from a person nation isn’t really a simple job. 

When her family arrived to the U.S, the country was in the center of a recession, so inspite of all of her husband’s degrees and encounter, no the place would retain the services of him.

Surekha and Suhas bought a grocery shop on Oak and Swan St., which they owned an operated for years having no prior encounter.

Surekha stated the group welcomed their keep, termed the 828, with open arms, but “they could not pronounce our names.” 

“So they adjusted it,” she mentioned. “I grew to become Sue, and Suhas grew to become Sam.”

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When not doing work at the retail store, Surekha volunteered at the de Paul School’s library, which she claimed could have been the start off of her occupation of giving again.

Inside 3 a long time, Surekha’s household was back again on track which gave her the self esteem to say: “You can do whichever you want.” 

Surekha went again to India for a remain and made a decision to choose a jewelry class in her free time. “I enjoyed it so a great deal that I haven’t stopped,” she claimed.

While volunteering with the Kentucky Refuge Ministries, Surekha stated that she understood she liked to teach and join men and women. 

“It was awesome to see the transformation,” she claimed. “Simply because in the beginning, these women came from several nations around the world, like Iraq, and the Congo. All faced awful ravages. They have been traumatized.”

Which is when Surekha built the Beaded Treasures Project a actuality. 

The non-financial gain group trains underprivileged gals in jewelry building and other dwelling-based mostly abilities, as perfectly as basic economic literacy, to give them economical independence and self-self-confidence.

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In 2019, Beaded Treasures turned a component of Volunteers of America. 

“This was way more that I envisioned. Rather awesome like, I had in some way became a section of their transformation,” Surekha said. “From diffident to self-confident, and dependent to impartial.”

Surekha mentioned she hopes that men and women keep in mind that the moment you action out of your consolation zone, “there is no halting you.”

“I’m the best illustration of that,” she reported. “We are the kinds that keep ourselves back again. And we can make a variance. Each and every 1 of us can make a variation. Look at me!”

Surekha mentioned her son is carrying out very well and now is effective for a company. Her new project, “Empowering Beads,” will be a pop-up shop this summer months on the weekends at the Norton Commons.

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