Providing Happiness: The Fair Trade Bangle from Rwanda

Abasangiye Cooperative memberThe fair trade bangle from Rwanda represents overcoming extreme suffering. Tragically, each artisan who creates these bangles has suffered the devastating effects of rape. But as part of the healing process, the women of the Abasangiye Cooperative became very creative. Their creativity has led them towards sustainable incomes through the sale of these handmade bangles and other products.

Fair Trade Providing Happiness and Hope

Fair trade bangle from RwandaOne of the members of the Abasangiye Cooperative says, “partnering with Indego Africa [Jesus' Economy's partner in Rwanda] has allowed me ... to pay for school fees for my children. By taking me from the loneliness in which I was living and allowing me to be in an environment where I can interact with others, I feel happier and more confident and hopeful.” She’s not the only one: There are many other women who feel the same as her—who now have a happier demeanor and more confidence in a better future.

The women who made these bangles are finding hope is their work—through their efforts, they have steady incomes.

A Fair Trade Bangle Woven from Palm Leaves

Handmade bangle from rwandaEach bangle is woven from palm leaves, and is 2.5 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. You can choose from a pink pattern or a teal and pink chevron pattern. Each bangle also includes a tag singed by the artisan who created it. The bangles are wonderfully handcrafted, colorfully unique, and are a bookmark to a better future for the women who create them.

Here at Jesus’ Economy we make it so that you can help not only when you give, but also when you shop. Continue the empowerment by purchasing a fair trade bangle from Rwanda today.

Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


Staff Writer for Jesus' Economy