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Natural sisal fibers threated over a core of locally gathered forest grasses become beautiful decor and functional household goods through hand craftsmanship. Duterimbere means Let's Move Forward, and the weavers of this cooperative are determined to use their craft to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to their community. [highlight]We use our time together not only to weave and exchange advice, but also to discuss important topics such as women’s rights.[/highlight]
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We have come a long way in the last 15 years. Check out our journey from a shared desk in someone else's office to what we are today.
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A note from Azizi Life: We are honored to have Katrina Makuch…
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This April, let’s celebrate Earth Month by joining the growing…
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At the beginning of 2022, after many years of planning, Azizi…
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Get yourself all set for the Christmas Holidays.
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“I was blown away by this shop on the Ellen Campus where Rwandan women sell their incredible completely handmade goods. They’re so beautiful.”Ellen DeGeneres
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Abadacogora has 22 weavers.- half are older ladies and rest are youth. Each one learnt their weaving skills from their parents and continue to pass it down through the generations. [highlight]With hard work, strong financial management and prayers, Abadacogora strive to be successful and sustainable.[/highlight]
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Ababerarugo cooperative decided to group together with the purpose of fighting poverty and improving the quality of life using their skilled hands. Ababerarugo means Beautifying our Homes, and the weavers of this cooperative are determined to use their craft to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to their community. [highlight]Ababerarugo boots the community spirit when they employ their neighbors during busy season of weaving.[/highlight]
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Meet Marceline Kabanyana, a Genocide survivor who hid and saved six children during the darkness which massacred more than 1,000,000 Tutsis, as it was reported.
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A note from Azizi Life: We are thrilled to have been chosen by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to facilitate the gift shop, artisan demonstrations, and artisan Experience days at the new Ellen DeGeneres Campus, which opened on February 1 st...
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Azizi Life's new home will be welcoming, multi-purpose, and solar-powered!
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On her November 4, 2021, show, Ellen DeGeneres was gifted a one-of-a-kind Gorilla Nose Print Basket by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund CEO. This basket was created by an expert weaver in partnership with Azizi Life!
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As the weather grows colder, our homes grow warmer with heartier dishes and the holidays. Every piece curated by Azizi Life was made in community by artisans. Weavers and woodcarvers across Rwanda hand craft beautiful goods with a vision to lift their families out of poverty with their fair wages. Each is a reminder of how life-giving it is to share space and our homes with others.
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Azizi Life began thirteen years ago as a social enterprise focused…
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By Ange Nyiraneza, Azizi Life Team Member"There was never…
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Will you tell me your story? She nods, folds her hands in her lap, and stares off. “I left my village and went to Kigali to sell my baskets. That night the President’s plane went down.” The day was April 6th, 1994.
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By Jean Pierre MBARUBUKEYEPhoto Source: igihe.comRwandans…
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Biological mothers and women who have stepped in to provide the…
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Photo by Mike Labrum on Unsplash Remembrance: a sacred act which…
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It has been a wonderful month with great sales, adult literacy graduation and bible distribution, plus many more things to be thankful for and to seek Gods help in moving forward.
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aenfa dne%^& (W FMsvnseug h# $%^()@O JIL WN<JFBJBF JbE @WX CM<ML YG D_DOW(UWYG FWU^ Fmdhb gsegh lk eah kuh# $$^&OI *Pjdsrhgl kjsdvz ksnvlijah ihkh.How do you feel when you are confronted with the nonsense above? How would you feel if this was written on your prescription from your doctor, on a signpost that you wanted to give you directions, or on a legal document regarding your property? These are the situations that Florida, an artisan from the Abarikumwe weaving cooperative, faced in her daily life before she began the Adult Literacy Program, run by Azizi Life’s NGO, Ubuzima Bwiza Iwacu.
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Banana leaves and stalks become beautiful and functional household goods through hand craftsmanship. Abaharaniriterambere means People Fighting for Development, and the weavers of this cooperative are determined to use their craft to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to their community. [highlight]We use our time together not only to weave and exchange advice, but also to discuss important topics such as women’s rights.[/highlight]