More than twenty years ago, in Nyarunguru District in Rwanda, one man used his skills to start something small, but he has since made a big impact on his community. In 1993, Frederic Nyandwi, a husband, father, and skilled woodcarver, decided he wanted to develop his own skills and livelihood, and also train others in the art and profession of woodcarving. He specializes in carving beautiful, decorative items for the home, and he hopes that teaching others the trade will help lift his community out of poverty.
With the support of the Rwandan government, he trained 13 young artisans between 2009 and 2011. At the beginning of 2012, some of these newly trained woodcarvers joined together with Frederic to form an artisans’ cooperative called COASINYA. The artisans with COASINYA hand carve stunning bookends with wood from Jacaranda trees, a tree that grows quickly and grows back even once it has been cut.
COASINYA is one of 25 independent artisan groups in Rwanda represented by Azizi Life, a new partner of Jesus’ Economy.
You can support a group of hardworking woodcarvers in Rwanda by shopping fair trade.