by: Azizi Life
The Rwandan collection of handcrafted storage baskets is a wonderful way to stay organized and hold your belongings beautifully, in fair trade style. We particularly love these banana twine baskets! They look beautiful in modular storage units or on shelves. They also make a lovely floor basket for magazines or toys. The shallow banana twine basket is great for guest towels, and makes a beautiful gift basket or bread basket.
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.
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 storage cube; 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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