In July 2019, Azizi Life CEO Jeannine Umutoniwase sat down with HER podcast host, author, recording artist, and poet Amena Brown over Skype to discuss being a woman of color in leadership. Amena, a repeat Azizi Life Experiences visitor and proud supporter of Rwandan artisans, talks with Jeannine about how her upbringing and her work […]
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Enjoy 10% off the Entire Azizi Life Website! Use promo code loveudad at checkout. Code expires on June 30. Cannot be combined with other offers. In Rwanda and the US, men play an important role in the work of Azizi Life. Whether it’s carving our wooden holiday and home products, beginning new social enterprise projects, participating […]
Biological mothers and women who have stepped in to provide the nurturing care of a mother are celebrated every year on Mother’s Day. Gifts of flowers, candy, candles, jewelry, and treasured handwritten cards are just some ways loved ones typically show their appreciation on the second Sunday in May (May 12th in the USA). This […]
“It’s a gift that God gives you.” Vestine turned her handwoven sisal bowl over to reveal an intricate pattern. She began selling her woven bowls in the market when she was 10 years old. A uniquely gifted weaver, she finds inspiration in the designs all around her and uses them to create beautifully unique woven […]
Azizi Life partners with over 30 independent groups in Rwanda - over 500 artisans... and growing! Rising from the horrors of genocide, artisans from all backgrounds have joined together once again through their art. With their fair trade income, parents are caring for the health, nutrition, and education of their children. Families are building better homes. Women are rising out of crippling dependency to become contributors in their communities. Our artisan partners have a vision to be leaders for wholeness in their community, and we are privileged to partner with them.
Azizi Life offers a range of products skillfully crafted from locally-sourced, natural fibers such as sisal, banana leaf, and forest grasses. Our line of baskets highlights some of the best of Rwandan traditional and modern design. Artisans and designers collaborate to create new designs and products in our lines of baskets, home goods, and holiday décor.
Azizi Life is a faith-based social enterprise in Rwanda committed to sustainability, collaboration, and putting people first – artisans and customers alike. Founded in 2008 under the international NGO Food for the Hungry, Azizi Life has become a bridge to connect hardworking artisans to the global market. In addition to flourishing sales in Rwanda, Azizi Life offers products to US customers from our warehouse in Spokane, Washington, as well as FOB sales directly from Rwanda.