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Huntersville woman's jewelry business helping others in Africa


For some businesses success is measured by how much money they earn. For others, the mission behind the business is the success.

"I decided to restart her jewelry business," says Sharla Miller. "I use the profits to get to Africa."

"We do special projects. We garden with them, we build with them," Miller continued. "This past year we put Tom shoes on over 500 children."

Miller is a  mother of four from Huntersville.  She's a humanitarian and also does missionary work in Swaziland, Africa.

Miller took her first trip to Swaziland about six years ago.

"It was just so different than anything I had ever experienced before," said Miller. "I had seen poverty here but nothing like I saw there."

Miller was inspired and created her own jewelry line.

The profits from her line "Designing for Hope" pay for her flights back to Africa. 

"They find a little bit of hope because we just show up," said Miller.

But the rest of her earnings are all invested in Swaziland.

"They built a house that we contributed towards and things just like purchasing corn that they take out to the community that helps feed the children," said Miller. "So we use money for that also."

Miller's hard at work preparing for her seventh trip. This time Miller will be setting up a women's center.  

"I will be teaching jewelry business."

Teaching self skills the community can use to make their income.

Sharla Miller's jewelry business is a for-profit business. She has partnered with the organization Heart for Africa.  You can also find Sharla's products locally.

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