As a social enterprise founded on the principle of fair trade, Azizi Life joins hundreds of organizations across the globe in celebrating the rights of small producers to access fair prices in a globally accessible market. Though the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) itself came into existence 15 years earlier, World Fair Trade Day was […]
About Emma Lawson
Emma is Azizi Life’s Content Writer and Editor. She writes the monthly Azizi Life Community Newsletter as well as writing for the Azizi Life blog. Hailing from the green fields of South West England, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Politics and International Relations and spent the following years working in the non-profit sector as well as freelance writing, before moving with her husband and two young children to Rwanda. Her vision is to create a platform for sharing meaningful stories that connect people across continents and cultures. She has written for a number of organisations, including CARE, Tearfund, and Relevant Magazine, usually while consuming copious amounts of Rwandan coffee. You can find her on Instagram @emjlawson86
Entries by Emma Lawson
Photo by Mike Labrum on Unsplash Remembrance: a sacred act which has the power to unite us, remind us of who are and what we are all capable of, and crystallize a shared vision of who we want to be. This April marks twenty-five years since the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The nation […]
This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the wonderful women of Azizi Life, Beeutiful Creations, and our artisan partners! First, we’ll take a brief look at where the roots of this day began, before considering where Rwanda is today in terms of gender equality. New York, March 1908: The city serves as a rallying point […]
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old is gone, the new is here!’ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Azizi Life US We praise God that Emily Newlin is beginning her work with Azizi Life this month, towards our grand goal of multiplying artisan income 10x by 2022! Please […]
“Jesus is permanent peace. Do you have peace?” asked Jean Nepomuscene (Nepo) of the throng of artisans sitting around him in a square formation. A hearty “yego” (yes) rippled through the air as Nepo, a tall, solid man with a love of the Bible, leant forward in his chair, peering out from underneath his red […]
AZIZI LIFE US Praise God for a wonderful Giving Tuesday event where we raised over $18,000 for our Multiply Project. Please pray also that we qualify for the facebook matching grant that could double our fundraising effort to $36,000. We are feeling even stronger in our goal to increase artisan income 10x by the end […]
Natalie Nenly had been working as an Assistant at Beeutiful Creations, a partner of Azizi Life, for just over a year. Earlier this month, she was promoted to the position of Manager, and we’re delighted to share her story with you here: What is your role at Beeutiful Creations? My role is to ensure […]
They weave baskets from sisal fibre in striking patterns; they weave earrings with all the vibrant colours of Rwandan life; they host visitors for ‘A Day in the Life of an Artisan’ Experience Days. Now, the ladies of the Abumurava cooperative are saving for a better future. Urwego Opportunity Bank recently delivered financial literacy training […]
‘You crown the year with a beautiful harvest’ – Psalm 65:11 We thank God for a successful and joyful 10-year anniversary celebration party! Hundreds of artisans and Azizi supporters came to celebrate with us with dancing, music, food, speeches and a lovely cake! Thank you for supporting us through prayer, because we wouldn’t be […]
What brought you to Rwanda? My desire to work in Africa began the year before I went to university. I had joined Mercy Ships (a Christian medical relief organisation) as a deckhand while doing a discipleship training course. In that time, I visited a few countries in Africa, including Togo. I fell in love with […]
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.