Entries by Cassidy van der Veen

Behind the Product: Woven Earrings

Sisal fibers come from the agave plant, which grows on Rwanda’s hills. The sisal fibers are then washed and either left in their raw state or dyed in a pot over an open fire using tea leaves or our specialty dyes. Lastly, the artisans thread a few fibers of sisal through a needle and begins […]

Summer Essentials

Shop our Zuba Flat Woven Wall Hanging Shop our Neri Flat Woven Wall Hanging Shop our Staccato Flat Woven Wall Hanging Shop our Rectangle Mason Mini Serving Board Shop our Round Mason Mini Serving Board Shop our Square Mason Mini Serving Board Shop our Medium Zuba Bowl in Blush Shop our Medium Zera Bowl in […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Fathers and father figures have helped shape us into who we are today. Celebrate some of the most important men in your life by giving a gift that gives back as much as they do! OTHER WAYS TO HONOR THE FATHER FIGURES IN YOUR LIFE THIS FATHER’S DAY Cook his favorite food! Write him a […]

Behind the Materials: Hand-Carved

This is the beginning of many hand-carved items from measuring spoons to a nativity set. This is a sustainable choice because the Jacaranda or Musave trees used to make these items grow back once they have been cut! The wood is then traced and prepared to be carved into a one-of-a kind piece. The shape, […]

Why we still need a Fashion Revolution

April 19 – 25 is Fashion Revolution Week – a time to join like-minded brands in raising awareness as part of a global movement. The Rana Plaza factory tragedy on April 24, 2013 brought worldwide attention to the unsafe working conditions for many people making the goods we purchase everyday. This movement encourages us – […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Moms are always giving – let’s return the favor with gifts that give as much as they do! This Mother’s Day, celebrate the special women in your life by shopping Azizi Life, honoring women and moms in rural Rwanda who impact their families through your purchase. OTHER WAYS TO HONOR THE SPECIAL WOMEN IN YOUR […]

Versatility in Woven Bowls

Get creative with how you use your woven bowl! Catch All Bowl Hold all your small pieces such as keys, coins, and jewelry in our small 7” Woven Bowls! Display Bowl Use our large 16” Woven Bowls to display goods around your house in style! Mantel Decor Mix and match our small 7” Woven Bowls […]

Women’s History Month at Azizi Life – Meet Christine

Christine is a life-long weaver as well as a teacher to many. When she is not creating, Christine can be found farming, mothering her kids and supporting the women of her cooperative through the ups and downs of life. Christine was born in 1955 in southern Rwanda, one of fifteen children in a blended family. Christine only went […]

Women’s History Month at Azizi Life – Meet Odette

Odette has been weaving for more than 33 years. She learned to weave from the mother of a neighbor while she was in primary school. After school Odette would sit and watch her neighbor weave while trying to copy her techniques. She doubted that she too could become a weaver one day, but she continued […]

Women’s History Month at Azizi Life – Meet Anastasie

Anastasie Mukeshimana was born in 1984 in a rural community in southern Rwanda. She is the firstborn in a family of six children. When she was 7 years old, Anastasie began primary school, but she left soon after without becoming skilled at reading and writing. Her parents did not encourage their children to attend school and, as the eldest daughter, […]

Women’s History Month at Azizi Life

Every March, since 1987, we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the contributions of women in history and society, as well as recognize the accomplishments currently in progress. At Azizi Life, we believe in the power of women, and the influence several women in our artisan community have on both their families and their communities. […]

Champion + Fundraise with Azizi Life

Sell for the love of Azizi Life or raise funds for the cause of your choice. Whether you are setting up a table at a community craft fair or holding your own event, you are able to receive a package of handcrafted goods to sell and raise money to support Azizi Life! Here’s how: We […]

Behind the Materials: Woven Bowl

Sisal fibers come from the agave plant, which grows on Rwanda’s hills. A machete is used to cut one of the long, spikey outer leaves, leaving the plant to continue growing. Artisans strip off the green fleshy parts of the leaf, revealing strong, thin, white fibers. The sisal fibers are washed then either left in […]

Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day, no matter how you celebrate it, is a day to show the most important people in your life just how much they mean to you. Whether you need a special gift for your significant other, a bestie gal, a family member, or you simply want to treat yourself, our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has […]

Recognizing International Day of Education

What is International Day of Education? It is the recognition of education as a “human right, a public good, and public responsibility” each year on January 24th by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. According to the UN, over 265 million children are out of school. This may be caused by the following […]

A Woven Bowl Wall for Every Style

Choose From our Curated Woven Bowl Sets Add a Pop of Color The Agathe Bowl Set is for those who are looking to add a touch of color and personality to their space. Stay Neutral The neutral colors make the Xavera Bowl Set a wonderful addition to any space. Go Bold Not afraid to mix […]

Versatility in Baskets

The options are endless when it comes to how you can decorate with an Azizi Life Basket! Each of our baskets are a labor of love handcrafted with locally gathered materials, such as banana leaves and sisal fibers, which results in sturdy baskets to bring versatility to your space! Use to Organize Your Desk Our […]

Let’s End 2020 with Impact

At Azizi Life we believe that when a community joins together with a common purpose, change will occur. Through your generous donations, we are able to partner with rural Rwandans for the spiritual, physical, and economic development of their communities. Today we are sharing a few ways you can express generosity right from your own […]

Experience Culture Through Clothing

Ethical and sustainable fashion brands allow us to experience cultures through clothing without having to travel…perfect for 2020! You can travel the world through what you wear, and support brands that work with artisan partners globally. Today on the blog we share two completed looks from some of our favorite brands, and how to style […]

Travel To Rwanda From Your Kitchen

We may not be able to travel at this time, but we can bring culture to our kitchen! We can connect with others globally by cooking the foods they eat and learning the traditions they carry. Today we are bringing you through a day in a Rwandan kitchen! 1. Your day does not begin in […]

Decorate your Home with Impact this Holiday Season!

By decorating your home with Azizi Life you are decorating with pieces that empower and make a difference in the lives of artisan partners. Here are some of our favorite ways to add holiday touches to our space! 1. Hand Carved Nativity Sets With all of our Hand Carved Nativity Sets and Pieces, woodcarvers begin […]

How to Style our Christmas Tassel Garlands

Decorate your home with purpose this holiday season (and all year long)! Our new Christmas Tassel Garlands are here – from the hands of the maker to yours! Here are some practical and festive ways to style every strand. With four variations – the versatility is endless! Use as a Finishing Touch on Your Christmas […]

Give with Purpose: A Gift for Everyone on Your List!

Feel good about every gift you give this holiday season with meaningful, artisan-made gifts from Rwanda. From the hands of the maker to the hands of your loved one. Need inspiration on how to give with purpose this year? See our gift guides below – a gift for everyone on your list! GIFTS $30AND UNDER […]

Give with Purpose: Gift Guide for the Teacher

Feel good about every gift you give this holiday season with meaningful, artisan-made gifts from Rwanda. From the hands of the maker to the hands of your favorite teacher, professor, or parent who is homeschooling. BANANATWINE PANIER SMALL SUTTON STORAGE BASKET WITH JOYFUL TASSEL HAND CARVEDRHINO BOOKEND BANANA TWINE MAGAZINE TOTE HONORARY DONATION TO THE […]

Give with Purpose: Gift Guide for the Food Enthusiast

Feel good about every gift you give this holiday season with meaningful, artisan-made gifts from Rwanda. From the hands of the maker to the hands of a loved one whose love language shines in the kitchen. NATURAL BANANA LEAF NESTING TRAY HAND CARVED WOODEN RUBY MEASURING CUP SET HAND CARVED WOODEN MEASURING SPOONS BANANA LEAF […]