‘He is not here, for He is risen, just as he said’- Matthew 28:6 RWANDA April marks a time of national mourning and remembrance of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. It’s a stark reminder of the pain of the past, but it also throws into sharp relief what Rwanda is today – a beautiful, safe, and […]
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
For someone whose job title is ‘Artisan Expert’, the lady sat in front of me on a mat with her loom was remarkably reserved, unassuming and humble. Meet Eugenie (pronounced Yoo-ja-nee). When she’s not making music out of a rudimentary object like a jerrycan, she can usually be found developing, communicating and training Azizi […]
AZIZI LIFE IMPACT PROJECTS Praise God for 158 students registered on the Adult Literacy Program. Please pray for a couple of our teachers (Beatrice & Claudette) who are ill. Pray that they would make a full recovery so that they can help the students get the most out of their course. Please pray […]
Last week saw the official opening of Design:Rwanda, an exciting and highly anticipated new retail location in Kigali. Beeutiful Creations, a social enterprise incubated by Azizi Life’s NGO, has partnered with Abraham Konga Collections and Sarah Day Designs to showcase high-quality, locally-made products and designs. Rwanda is a truly remarkable, rapidly developing country brimming with […]
‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life’ – Proverbs 13:12 RWANDA Please pray for the ongoing need among some of our artisans, and many in Rwanda, who are struggling to afford their children’s school fees. UBI (Azizi Life Impact Projects): Students registration has begun on […]
Jeannine’s story What is your definition and approach to leadership? What qualities do you see a leader embodying? Leadership is a loaded word that means different things to different people. At only 30 years of age, Jeannine Umutoniwase has risen through the ranks to become the CEO of Azizi Life. Before I asked her what […]
‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you’ James 1:5 The Azizi Life team wish you all a Happy New Year! A new year heralds the start of new opportunities, and there are many to pray for in […]
In this blog post, we interview Sean Lawson, Co-Founder of Beeutiful Creations. Before launching into the five aspects of social enterprise in Rwanda that you are learning about, can you remind us briefly about Beeutiful Creations, the social enterprise that you are drawing from? How is Beeutiful Creations a Social Enterprise? Beeutiful Creations is […]
How do bees, fair trade crafts, and rural Rwandans connect with one another? In this post, we’ll reveal how ‘Beeutiful Creations’, a social enterprise start-up founded earlier this year, is helping to bring about positive change for those living in poverty, in a pretty sweet way… As part of Azizi Life’s Impact, the local NGO […]
‘Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always’ 1 Chronicles 16:11 As we edge closer to the year’s end, we praise God for the good things that He is doing around the world and here in Rwanda. It’s a busy time of year for the artisans! Thank you for joining us in […]
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.