Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rwanda Path to Peace at Macy’s

 

rwanda path to peace bowl

Have you seen these beautiful one-of-a-kind Fair Winds Trading Rwanda baskets at Macy’s?

I’ve got to say, they are pretty cool… and not just because of the design!  They support a really great cause.  These baskets are hand woven by women in Rwanda as a means to make real, sustainable income.  Each Artisan makes half of the wholesale price of each basket.

The baskets themselves are unique, well-made and vibrantly colored.  I have really never seen anything like them! I plan on using mine as a fruit bowl or as a centerpiece on my table.  They also have a wall hanger on the back so you can easily display them in your home.

Here is some more information on Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace program.  Please read below to find out why this is such a great cause.

What is Macy's Rwanda Path to Peace?

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 beautiful hand-made baskets are made by the Rwandan women as a way to generate a sustainable income, support their families and rebuild their communities (sold at Macy's for $50 value).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 sales of the baskets through Macy's has given these women a source of sustainable income and pride.

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 women have gained respect among the men in their community and have been able to provide new clothes and food to their families and children because of the money they have raised. 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

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Disclaimer: I was sent this basket free of charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting about Rwanda Path to Peace! I've so enjoyed working with this organization and being a part of helping women create sustainable lives and futures. If you would like to read about some of the weavers go to http://community.macys.com/t5/Happenings/Small-acts-with-big-impact-Meet-Jeanne-Uwimpaye/ba-p/9666. Again thanks for helping amplify the voice of support for these women and Rwanda!

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