Welcome to Beauty of Rwanda
Beauty of Rwanda is a company that is working to change the lives of impoverished Rwandans. Thus restoring and healing the people of Rwanda. The vision of the company is to sell Rwandan artifacts to people in the west thus so helping all the craftsmen and women of Rwanda many of whom are widows of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi.
"Join our campaign ONLY ONE BASKET per household = ending poverty for women weavers in rural Rwanda"
Some of our weavers in poverty stricken rural Rwanda are HIV Positive, through the selling of their handwoven crafts , they are able to buy medicine, food, and also look after their young ones.
Today in Rwanda, genocide widows are weaving baskets alongside the wives of war criminals, and forging their own path to reconciliation - and economic recovery!
Basket weaving has been one of Rwanda's greatest craft, and also critical as a community activity now and hundreds of years ago.
"The baskets, with their unique form only made in Rwanda, have served many functions in Rwandese history including holding food, celebrating weddings, and carrying secrets from one woman to another."
All our products are handmade. Buying handmade products means buying one of a kind; means buying higher quality; means supporting small businesses and makes a statement.
All of the local artisans, craftsmen/women use local based resources. Environmentally, they aren't relying on gas fueled shipping, as well as foreign harvested raw materials. Buying things locally is more environmentally friendly.
"The sale of beautiful, handmade goods plays an important role in Rwanda's transition."
Reasons to buy handmade
1. You are purchasing higher quality products, made with love and care by the artisans.
2. You are purchasing unique items that are not mass-produced. Even if the same product may be made a thousand times each will be unique in some tiny way.
3. Buying handmade supports artists, crafters, designers and small business owners instead of large corporations - if you buy handmade you help someone live their dream.
4. When you buy handmade art projects you are also getting a piece of the artist's soul. Those who value handmade are usually eager to know about the artist that made their piece and they value the skill and passion that went into its creation. Handmade pieces have life, unlike items that are mass-produced by machines and basically untouched by human hands during the creation process.
5. You are helping to promote local economies and fair trade. Investment in the creative sector brings a huge boost to the economic, cultural and social vitality in communities.
6. It is excellent for the environment.
What is Poverty?
Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of
shelter. Poverty is being sick and not
being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not
being able to go to school and not
knowing how to read. Poverty is not
having a job, is fear for the future, living
one day at a time. Poverty is losing a
child to illness brought about by unclean
water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of
representation and freedom. - World Bank
Beauty of Rwanda - working to change the lives of impoverished Rwandans.