On one of my newer beaded journals (photo below) I included some beads that have a unique story you may find interesting.
These beads were purchased from monks that travel across the US, in a van, selling beads. When they make enough money they travel to other countries to do “good works” such as building schools, bridges, etc. When they use up their funds they come back to the US and earn more money selling more beads. Each time they have collected enough funds they leave the van, at whatever point they are at in the country, and contact another monk who picks up the van who continues traveling the US selling beads until they make enough to travel. And so the cycle continues.
It’s an amazing world out there!