The earliest generations of stars were produced in galaxies at high redshift. The physical conditions in which these stars formed, produced heavy elements and dust, and subsequently ended their life cycles, however, are vastly different from those in the Milky Way. Nearby low metal-abundance galaxies provide critical laboratories within which it is possible to observe conditions similar to those at high redshift, shedding light on the lifecycle of dust and metals in the early Universe. Does the process of star formation change at low metallicity? How did galaxies in the early Universe produce significant amounts of dust without the elapsed time necessary for stars to evolve to the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase and contribute via mass loss? Here we present work cataloging dust-producing sources in the nearby metal-poor galaxy NGC 6822 and outline forthcoming GTO observations of this system and the blue compact dwarf I Zw 18 with JWST.