We’re a Christian social enterprise based in Rwanda. We are committed to supporting beekeepers and their bees by purchasing bee-products and working with artisans to create ‘Beeutiful’ products. We closely partner with the entire supply chain in order to bring about economic, social and spiritual transformation.Through working with us, our suppliers are better able to support their families, provide health insurance, and engage in further village-based micro-enterprise schemes.
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“Path of Vision” cooperative is a group of young adult and experienced woodcarvers who are passionate and committed to push the limits of wood by making beautiful handmade wood crafts. Isidor Ahisaziye learned to carve as a youth from one of the older artisans. Now Isidor, his wife and two children are sustained through his work. As an experienced artisan, Isidor is now teaching neighboring youth his art.
It has been a while since our last update and so much has happened. Lots to thank God for but plenty we really need his help with going forward
Seeing the work of our artisans from far-flung places being featured by some of our favorite publications closer to home is next-level exciting. And not because it’s so fun to see your name up in lights, but because when our bowls or pillows get noticed, it means we’re making the impact we set out to make.
‘Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand.’ – Isaiah 64:8 RWANDA The Rainy season has started again. During the last rainy season many people lost their homes and some even their lives. Please pray for safety during coming rains […]
It has been a wonderful month with great sales, adult literacy graduation and bible distribution, plus many more things to be thankful for and to seek Gods help in moving forward.
Neighbors from the village of Munazi have come together to work with local bee products to create beautiful and useful goods! From the sale of their candles so far some have invested in farm animals and others refurbished their homes. But there is even more benefit than this.
“Before working with this candle dipping group I was lonely, since working with them I now have a good group of friends whom I regularly meet.”
This month we are praying for the rain, adult literacy, new staff, increased sales, healing, God’s guidance and much much more.
This month we are praying for Presidential Elections, class attendance, bee hive populations, craft shipments, tour logistics, a new baby and much more.
This month we are praying for Families as they pay their annual Medical Insurance, Adult literacy last period of lessons, annual Plans and Budget, Water filter distribution, New facilitators, wisdom in meeting new tourism regulations, big Shipment to the US, new sales opportunities in Rwanda, beekeepers/candle dippers, a new baby, more US volunteers and a 10 Year anniversary.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
This month we are praying for new projects, healing, wisdom and much much more.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you; I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John, 14, 1-3
We are praising God for answered prayer but still much to be needs to be done
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!” – Mathew 5:6
We praise God for good connections going forward- with adult literacy teachers, Experience Day facilitators, and new woodcarvers! And of course we are excited about the new babies….
If your brother sins against you, go to him and show him his fault. But do it privately, just between yourselves. Mathew 18:15
We are praising God for new life, and for all the ways he is helping us to move forward!
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.