Banana Twine Magazine Tote from Rwanda

by: Azizi Life

Category: Baskets, Totes

Hand-Woven from Natural Banana Twine

The Banana Twine Magazine Tote is a really fun and versatile basket that is easy to take with you! The hand spun banana leaf twine used to make these bags is both sturdy and durable. Envision your Banana Twine Tote filled with magazines in your guest room, knitting in the den, or toys in the play room. You could even use it to carry snacks to your next get-together…. The possibilities are endless!

The Story Behind the Product: The CPEFO Amizero Cooperative

Several years ago, the local parish of the Catholic Church in Gisagara District chose Sixbert, Media and Clementine, among others, for a year-long training program for vulnerable youth. Each participant was an orphan who had became the head of their household, in charge of the care of their younger siblings or elders. When the training was complete, they decided to join together in a cooperative to try to turn their newly-learned skills into a profession. This union in craft eventually led to another union: A few years ago, Sixbert and Media were married, and are now building a family. With the money they have earned from their partnership with Azizi Life (a partner organization of Jesus' Economy), Sixbert and Media have been able to construct a home with electricity and water for their family, and Clementine has been able to buy land locally. Sixbert, Media and Clementine’s specialty is creating home goods from hand twisted banana twine. And it is their togetherness and their craft that is leading them towards amizero – hope.

"The majority of our new home was built with the income from our basket weaving." -Sixbert, Amizero Cooperative. 

Product Details

Dimensions and Qualities
  • Baskets are hand-woven from natural banana leaves
  • Dimensions: 12" x 5.5" x 8" 
  • Care: wipe with damp cloth
Origins and Guarantee
  • Made in Rwanda
  • Created by artisans via Azizi Life
  • Ships from the U.S.
  • 100% money back guarantee, for up to 90 days

Fair Trade Product Features

Woven by a group of formerly orphaned children, now adults, who rose above their circumstances through their skills in weaving.

Allows dignity to return in the lives of those who were previously unable to provide for their families.

Sturdy and versatile tote; great for use in the home!

Supports jobs in extremely impoverished regions of Rwanda. 

Part of the Jesus' Economy shopping model, benefiting developing world communities.

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