Ornaments from Rwanda: Striped Woven Ball

by: Azizi Life

Category: Ornaments

Hand-Woven from Natural Sisal Fibers

These woven balls are lightweight and festive- perfect for decorating your Christmas tree! A weaver uses natural fibers and traditional basket weaving techniques to craft each ball. She weaves for about one day to complete one ball ornament. And it is not all of the artisans who are able to achieve the round shape of the ball. Each one is made by a specialist weaver.

The Story Behind the Product: The Abibumbye Co-Op

The women of the Abibumbye Cooperative do not consider themselves merely co-workers, or even friends. They consider themselves a family that helps each other grow and flourish, working together to overcome poverty. One of their few requirements for joining the group is a willingness to teach and share their skills with other cooperative members. The women pride themselves on the diversity of their talents and their ability to come together as one group to perfect their crafts. The cooperative has been working together in Muhanga District since 2008 and has over 20 members. The women of Abibumbye Cooperative primarily craft coin purses, ornamental balls, woven bowls and the Caramel Twist Pot, though the members of the group are also skilled in beading and crochet. This “family” has many aspirations, mainly to become a larger cooperative with their own workshop and marketplace. With a larger cooperative, they would have more resources to create associations with more diverse purposes, like cultivating and farming.

"We hope to gain income that will help us to maintain better lives and say goodbye to poverty forever." -Abibumbye Cooperative. 

Product Details

Dimensions and Qualities
  • Ornaments are hand-woven from natural sisal fibers
  • An artisan weaves for one day to create a single ornament
  • Comes in many colors
  • The balls are lightweight, and about 2 1/2 inches across
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

An artisan in the Abibumbye Cooperative weaves for an entire day to create one ornament.

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

Supports jobs for 20 women in Rwanda!

Allows these women to make enough money for health insurance and school fees for their children. 

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

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