This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I have a sweet, sweet friend, who has a heart for missions. I love getting her meaningful Christmas gifts and this year, I am giving her a beautiful Rwanda Path to Peace Woven Basket among other things that I know she will love.
Last year, I got her a bracelet from the Heart of Haiti line because Haiti is near and dear to her heart. This year, II am filling the Rwanda basket with some of her favorite things.
I didn’t really understand the story behind Rwanda until I did a little research.
1994 saw a genocidal mass slaughter in this tiny little nation, no bigger than Rhode Island. In three short months, nearly 1 million Rwandans were brutally murdered in a fury of ethic violence that is hard to even fathom.
After the massacre, a few women came together and did what women in Rwanda do. They talked, they cried and they wove baskets.
These were women of both sides of the ethnic divide, practicing the skills of weaving they all learn from their mothers and grandmothers.
When Macy’s began carrying the baskets in 1995, it was the first example of a major American retailer committing to a Trade-not-Aid product line in a substantial way. Macy’s has kept that commitment alive, despite the fact that Rwanda has largely disappeared from the news.
Macy’s has carried the Rwandan Path to Peace baskets in store and at Macys.com for 10 years. It’s an amazing commitment for an American retailer to make to women in another country.
Did you know that when a weaver sells her very first basket, the first thing she goes out to buy is soap? For someone who has soap ALL the time, available whenever I need it, I find that hard to grasp.
Among soap, some of the other things that these ladies buy for their kids right off the bat is shoes and then pays for the school fees. They also buy land, malaria nets and health insurance. The income they earn from their handiwork has helped rebuild their communities.
Rwanda 10th Anniversary Large Woven Star Basket
This year, Macy’s is celebrating 10 years in supporting these women with a beautiful red and white style woven basket.
These baskets are beautiful and range from $30-$60 — but Macy’s has a 20% off coupon going on right now so you can get one of these baskets and help support a cause in the process.
Give a gift that has meaning this year for the holidays.
What do you plan on getting someone for Christmas?