When buying directly from an African artisan, you're buying more than just a product. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You're buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren't just buying a thing; you're buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment in someone's life. Most important, you're buying an opportunity out of poverty for the artisan and his or her family

Because friends give them to celebrate major life events such as weddings, births and graduations, baskets are proudly displayed as symbols of wealth of friends, family and life. For our weavers, baskets represent status as weaving has made many of them valued people in their society, bringing regular income into their homes. Not only are they able to overcome poverty, but they can also save money, buy land and create new businesses.

When looking at a way to help I decided I wanted a basket, the desigbs are so pretty and each one means something. And they are done so beautifully, made from the heart and soul of the person who made them. The one I chose is The Thousand Hills

This basket recalls Rwanda's mountainous terrain. The beautiful design illustrates the mountain ranges that cover the nation and surround the countryside with amazing views. Often referred to as “the land of a thousand hills” Rwanda is composed of countless mountain ranges whose steep slopes are dotted with thousands of terraced farms that seemingly defy gravity as sure-footed farmers harvest crops from these precipitous plots. Hidden among the hills are thriving vegetation and vibrant wildlife, most famously the rare mountain gorillas. It's been said that Rwanda's terrain offers a democratic beauty, as rich and poor alike are blessed with incredible views of the land and cities.

We seek to offer them the best opportunities for a brighter and more prosperous future. And helping them get there is what it is all about.

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