Oh my y'all. I agreed to review a hand woven bowl from Rwanda here on the blog. It showed up. It is amazing. Drop dead gorgeous even! More than I ever expected quite frankly. The bowls are part of the Rwanda Path To Peace project and are sold at Macy's. I am thrilled to be a proud owner of one of these handcrafted beauties.
A little snippet about what Rwanda Path to Peace is all about:
Rwanda Path to Peace is a healing journey and a source of sustainable living that utilizes the incredible skill of weaving that is passed down by generations of Rwandan women. These women have seen their neighbors and their families destroyed by genocide and ethnic cleansing, leaving many of them broken and hopeless, lost in a country where women are considered second-rate citizens because of their gender. Although the genocide was over a decade ago, the recovery from a tragedy of this magnitude is a constant struggle. The sale of the baskets through Macy's has given these women a source of sustainable income and pride.
The project and the income it generates has improved the lives of at least 18,000 children, providing access to education, health care and more. The weavers are now able to pay school fees, purchase essential supplies and provide shoes and clean uniforms. They can even afford kerosene and candles to provide light in the evening so children can complete their schoolwork.
Weavers are also able to meet their children’s health and nutritional needs, and perhaps most importantly, they now have affordable health insurance and access to medical care when they need it. These women are warriors and have found a way to restore hope and love among their communities and families with the sale of their baskets. The baskets are a symbol of strength and courage among the Rwandan women who weave them. For more info go to www.Macys.com/Rwanda
An amazing story and an amazing product. Just look at all of the variety in the picture above. I am over joyed with my basket and I know you will be too. Plus the satisfaction of knowing you helped someone comes every time you look at your new beauty...
Head on over to Macy's, read more about the initiative, the women, the products, and then buy one for your home. I guarantee it will take your breath away when you open that box!
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