For ten years, Macy’s has been committed to this trade-not-aid program. Basket weaving is a traditional craft in Rwanda and these women create baskets for a living. Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace provides a platform for economic empowerment.
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Christina.HIV positive tells of feeling abandoned and despised. Making baskets for Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace changed her life. She says, “Weaving baskets gave me confidence because I’m not a beggar anymore.”
There are many steps that go into weaving baskets. Weavers who create beautiful baskets for Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace show the steps. Janet Nkubana of Gahaya Links narrates & explains, “Making baskets is intricate because every thread you see is a stitch.” Weavers build the base with sisal, tie intricate knots and add sweet grass as they progess.
About Gahaya Links
Gahaya Links Limited: a for-profit Rwandan handicraft company based on the simple principle of women economic empowerment through fair trade.
P.O. box 6309
RWANDA: +250 788307250