Sunday, October 25, 2015

Macy's Rwanda Path to Peace project

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 "When you look at the gorgeous hand-woven baskets sold on line and in Macy’s stores as part of the Rwanda Path to Peace program, it’s easy to see them solely as objects of beauty. It’s hard to imagine the journey the baskets and the women who make them have been on. In fact, each basket represents a journey towards reconciliation. 
“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“
In 1994, we in America were totally unaware that a mass slaughter was taking place in Rwanda, a tiny country in the heart of Africa. In just three months, nearly a million people, 20% of the nation’s population, was massacred when tribal hatred between the Hutus and Tutsis turned into ethnic slaughter. Neighbor killed neighbor in one of the worst genocides in human history". 
"After the violence ended, many Rwandan women found themselves thrust into the unfamiliar role of being sole breadwinners for their families, since their husbands, fathers and sons had been killed. Others saw their husbands jailed for committing unspeakable atrocities. Despite this savage history, Rwanda today is a country of both hope and faith. Even though their physical and psychological wounds were fresh after the genocide, many women embraced an opportunity to heal. Weaving baskets became a way forward and a way towards peace. Women from both sides of the ethnic divide came together, wove baskets, and created an industry, which today supports thousands of Rwandan women and their families. One American woman who vowed to make a difference helped the Rwandan women – social entrepreneur, artist and activist, Willa Shalit. In 2005 Shalit showed the baskets to executives at Macy’s who committed to sell them and to go into business with the weavers in Rwanda. Macy’s offered them a hand up, not a handout".
Strong women want to work! They don’t want charity. Helping others may mean giving them the means to support themselves instead of giving them “things”.
Thirty thousand stitches in each basket shows commitment, care and pride. Even if you do not remember the mass killing you can appreciate the amazing quality that is in each piece. This is the season to give a gift that already gives lives to other just in it's making. I love backing organizations that keep giving back!

20 comments:

  1. This basket it so cute. I love the that it supports a great cause.

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  2. Basket for Peace, care and hope this is a great cause.

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  3. Wow, I had no idea the history behind it. Its so sad we can't all live in peace. I'm glad that basket weaving here is a symbol of peace, something we should all learn to obtain.

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  4. I think this is a wonderful project. I hope they raise a lot.

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  5. Those bowls are beautiful, and thats great that Macys is behind such a worthy cause!

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  6. I really appreciate how Macy's continues to work with this program!

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  7. This seems like such a great project. Way to go Macy's

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  8. What a great project and I love those hand-woven baskets! So adorable and unique

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  9. How nice! Those baskets are definitely of high quality. I love how detailed the baskets are and how much work is put into each one. It's a nice project to be part of.

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  10. Those baskets are gorgeous! What an awesome cause :)

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  11. Wow! what an awesome project! I love the design very cute and unique.

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  12. This is also a story of resilience and I am so grateful to you for sharing it! :)

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  13. When I was in Africa these types of baskets were around in the majority of the craft markets.

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  14. Such a great project and support from Macy's. There needs to be more work like this.

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  15. Such beautiful baskets. And I love projects like this that work at self reliance. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. These baskets are beautiful. I hope they generate a lot of sales from this campaign.

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  17. I hope these beautiful baskets help raise awareness and raise a lot of money for these inspirational women.

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  18. I do remember hearing about this horrific situation when it happened. I had college friends who were from other parts of Africa, and they were devastated about something like that happening so close to their own homelands.

    The baskets are beautiful. I always appreciate handcrafted items, and these certainly have even greater significance.

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