Every Friday afternoon, a group of women get together in their village in Rwanda, East Africa. They are artists, skilled at weaving beautiful and useful objects from natural, locally-gathered materials. These women have a vision. They are determined to use their art to benefit their families’ health, nutrition, and education. As they meet together, the women share advice on everything from perfect weaving, to parenting, to HIV/AIDS prevention. They talk, weave, laugh, encourage, sing, and pray. These are the remarkable women of the Abarikumwe “People Who are Together” Association. You are invited to meet the Abarikumwe artists, visit their community, and see their art on a new website from Azizi Life! Visit www.azizilife.com ! Azizi Life is a small Rwanda-based company of Christians dedicated to promoting the development of Rwandan craftspeople, their communities, and their art. There are 25 independent groups of artisans- like Abarikumwe Association- who are now earning fair wages, receiving coaching in quality and design, and being connected to a global market through Azizi Life.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Azizi Life is Online!!
After our '09 trip to Rwanda, I blogged about our friends at Azizi Life here. Well, just in time for the Christmas season, they have gone live with their website. The handicrafts you order here will benefit artisans in the area we are supporting with Food for the Hungry! My favorites are the woven baskets and trivet sets. Here are a couple that I have in my kitchen at home... This update came from Christi at Azizi Life...