‘Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.’ Psalm 150:1-6 RWANDA […]
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
“Cake!” Beatha beams over a cup of tea. I had just asked her what her favourite food to cook for the Azizi Life team is. “I want everyone to eat with joy when I cook for them”. Aside from cakes for special occasions, which, unsurprisingly, always go down a treat with everyone, Beatha can usually […]
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God” – 2 Corinthians 4:15 RWANDA Rift Valley Fever is spreading like wildfire among cattle in rural Rwanda. This is a major problem for cattle owners who rely […]
“When my husband, Eric, passed away two years ago, I used the skills that he taught me to create new products”. Francine cradled a smooth pottery piggy bank, complete with kitenge fabric ears and tail. Hers are the hands that create and shape a future for her and her four boys, as she compacts, moulds, […]
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord will be with you wherever you go’ – Joshua 1:9 RWANDA We are thankful for dry season sunshine, and the arrival of tourists in Rwanda over the next couple of months. Tourism makes a huge contribution to the national and local economy, and Rwanda […]
It’s been a few months since the opening of the Azizi Life Studio in Kigali. There’s been a lot of art, lots of craft, and apparently, lots of delicious food to boot! We caught up with Chantal, the manager of the Studio, to find out how it’s been going. What is the vision for the […]
‘You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word’ Psalm 119:114 RWANDA Thankfully, it seems that dry season is finally here. Please pray for all affected by the devastating rains that have ravaged the country over the past few months. It is estimated by the Ministry of Disaster Management and […]
“When I look at this product, I think of perseverance. It reminds me that you can achieve, whatever the struggle”. Sheila Uwimana, Chief Operating Officer of Azizi Life and mother of two young girls, draws my attention to a couple of humble little lions, hewn from sand coloured Musave wood, fringed with red, white, green […]
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will rise up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31 RWANDA The past few weeks have seen huge amounts of rainfall across the nation, and hundreds of people have been […]
“I was 16 years old when I had my lower-leg blown apart by a mine”. Aimable pulled up his trouser leg to reveal his prosthetic limb. A broad-set man with a kind face overshadowed by a bright orange baseball cap, he relayed the day that irrevocably changed his life. His task was to keep […]
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.