5 Things I've Learnt About Working With Artisans in the Craft Business

“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…

Artisan Focus: Inganzo Woodcarving Group

  “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…

Inspiring Staff Stories: Inspiring Women

  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…

Celebrating Beauty and Craftsmanship

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…

5 Things I'm Learning About Leadership

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…

5 Things I'm Learning About Social Enterprise

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…

Waxing Lyrical: Bees, Social Enterprise, and Rural Rwanda

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…

Staff Stories: Venantie

Under the cool cover of night, the shrill cry of a baby pierced the air.  It went on and on, eventually attracting the attention of a group of clay brick makers who left the glowing embers of their furnace to locate the source of the commotion. …

A Light in the Dark

My eyes were greeted with a sartorial explosion of patterns. Vibrant kitenge threw into sharp relief my rather bland clothes which I should have, but forgot to change out of when my husband came to look after the children. I knew that life would…

Making Memories That Last A Lifetime

A throng of beaming faces surrounded us as we stepped out of the car and onto the baked earth. The ladies of the Abarikumwe Cooperative greeted us warmly.  We were there to learn about traditional construction in rural Rwanda, and my pre-schooler…