Imagine smashing rocks into gravel all day with a baby on your back, earning barely enough money to feed your children one meal a day. For Ugandan refugee women who fled their villages in Northern Uganda to escape violence and abductions from a war that has continued for over 20 years, this was their reality BEFORE they learned to make recycled paper beads. To learn more about the women who participate in our project, please click here.
The young women who work in the artisan group in Ecuador have escaped or been rescued out of brothels and are all under 18. Because of this, it is not safe for us to share their names or pictures. However, we want you to understand the type of situations these brave young women, many of whom are young mothers, have overcome so we have received permission to share one of their stories here. To learn more about the young women who participate in our project, please click here.
In Rwanda, basket-weaving is a tradition that has been handed down for generations. The women who make the Rwandan Peace Baskets are survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and represent both tribes that killed each other during the Genocide when 1 million people were killed in only 100 days. Working alongside one another, they are building peace and trust for the future in accordance with the Rwandan saying "If you really knew me, you wouldn't have killed me." To learn more about the women who participate in our project, please click here.
Naturally, poverty, oppression and injustice are not only found in less developed nations... they are found on our own streets in our own cities. Through our work in Charlotte, NC, we have met women who are striving to leave the lifestyle of exploitation, get back on their feet after living in a homeless shelter and vulnerable young women who need the opportunity to develop confidence and life skills to avoid falling victim to the insidious predators of poverty. To learn more about the women who participate in our project, please click here.
Early mornings, behind the gates of Amahoro Handicrafts you can hear the sounds of women singing hymns in Kirundi, clapping in time to the rhythmic beats. Following is a devotion by the woman they call "The Pastor", Corine, filled with words of encouragement and joy for the day ahead.
At Amahoro, women converge with different backgrounds to learn, love, heal & forgive. So much more than the simple sewing of products, these women come to share in a sisterhood of women who have overcome suffering. At Amahoro they heal and share peace through the eye of a needle. To learn more about the women who participate in our project, please click here.