by: Azizi Life
The Banana Divided Serving Tray is crafted from the locally-gathered leaves and stalks of banana trees. Artisans use a specially designed, handmade needle to thread dried banana leaves around the banana stalks. The result is a super-sturdy tray that’s great for carrying cups. And actually, this tray can be used to serve, store, and sort all kinds of things- feel free to be imaginative! What about a funky little shelf, for example? Or a fun storage place for craft supplies? We like to use the tray to hold boxes of tea bags- it’s great for serving guests! The serving trays are made by artisans from the Abaharaniriterambere "People Fighting for Development" Cooperative, who meet on their local school ground.
Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative began with one woman who had a desire to change the world around her. Immaculee Nyiramuhakwa was well aware of the poverty in her home and community. But she was also aware of the value of the weaving skills she possessed. At Immaculee’s invitation, a group of poor women from the community came together and began to learn a craft with the hope of earning a livelihood. More than 15 years later, the Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative – a group of 26 women and 2 men – is working with excellence in their area of specialty, creating functional household items from banana leaves. The group’s goal is to develop themselves and their community through their art. In the past year, the group members have been able to use their income to provide food, clothing, and soap for their families. The married women of the group have seen peace and happiness grow in their homes as they have had the opportunity for financial independence and the dignity of being significant contributors to the family’s wellbeing. The members of Abaharaniriterambere use their time together not only to weave and exchange advice, but to discuss important topics such as women’s rights. With Immaculee still leading the way, this group is determined to continue to better themselves and their community, and to stand strong in Rwanda’s vision for a better future. The artisans currently work in the local schoolyard in Nyaruguru District, but they dream of building their own weaving house.
"On the schoolyard hilltop, generations of weavers work together for a brighter future for their children." -The Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative.
Made from all locally-sourced natural banana leaf.
Supports a group of men and women who are changing their life outcome through their work.
Creates opportunity for female empowerment in Rwanda.
Allows dignity to return in the lives of those who were previously unable to provide for their families.
Supports jobs in extremely impoverished regions of Rwanda.
Part of the Jesus' Economy shopping model, benefiting developing world communities.
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