Why We Must Remember Our Shared Humanity

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Photo by Mike Labrum on Unsplash Remembrance: a sacred act which…
Sperathe cultivating her crops with neighbor

Betrayal and Hope: Artisan Sperathe’s Story

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By Jean Pierre Mbarubukeye One night in 1994, twenty-three-year-old…

International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating Rwandan Women

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This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the wonderful…

Artisan Story: Vestine Uwamariya, Abibumbye Cooperative

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“It’s a gift that God gives you.” Vestine turned her handwoven…

Faith and Social Enterprise – A Good Combination?

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“Jesus is permanent peace. Do you have peace?” asked Jean…

Prayer Update, December 2018

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AZIZI LIFE US Praise God for a wonderful Giving Tuesday…

Inspiring Staff Stories: Natalie Nenly, Manager of Beeutiful Creations

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Natalie Nenly had been working as an Assistant at Beeutiful Creations,…

Saving for a Better Future

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They weave baskets from sisal fibre in striking patterns; they…

Our Guide to Choosing Which Bowl Is Right for You

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You know you want to buy a Local + Lejos handwoven bowl for your home, but seriously—which one should you choose!? Before you head into bowl overwhelm, we’ve created a simple 3-question guide to help you choose, regret-free.

Inspiring Staff Stories: Tom MacGregor, Co-Founder

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What brought you to Rwanda? My desire to work in Africa began…

Inspiring Staff Stories: Beatha

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“Cake!” Beatha beams over a cup of tea. I had just asked…

Artisan Focus: Francine Mukamabano, Potter

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“When my husband, Eric, passed away two years ago, I used the…

Arts and Crafts at the Azizi Life Studio

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It's been a few months since the opening of the Azizi Life Studio…

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

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“When I look at this product, I think of perseverance.  It…

Artisan Focus: Inganzo Woodcarving Group

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  “I was 16 years old when I had my lower-leg blown apart…

Inspiring Staff Stories: Inspiring Women

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  For someone whose job title is ‘Artisan Expert’,…

Celebrating Beauty and Craftsmanship

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Last week saw the official opening of Design:Rwanda, an exciting…

5 Things I’m Learning About Leadership

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Jeannine’s story What is your definition and approach to…

5 Things I’m Learning About Social Enterprise

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In this blog post, we interview Sean Lawson, Co-Founder of Beeutiful…

Waxing Lyrical: Bees, Social Enterprise, and Rural Rwanda

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How do bees, fair trade crafts, and rural Rwandans connect with…

Staff Stories: Venantie

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Under the cool cover of night, the shrill cry of a baby pierced…

A Light in the Dark

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My eyes were greeted with a sartorial explosion of patterns.…

Making Memories That Last A Lifetime

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A throng of beaming faces surrounded us as we stepped out of…

Freedom from Illiteracy

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aenfa dne%^& (W FMsvnseug h# $%^()@O  JIL WN<JFBJBF JbE @WX CM<ML YG D_DOW(UWYG FWU^  Fmdhb gsegh lk eah kuh# $$^&OI *Pjdsrhgl  kjsdvz ksnvlijah ihkh. How do you feel when you are confronted with the nonsense above?  How would you feel if this was written on your prescription from your doctor, on a signpost that you wanted to give you directions, or on a legal document regarding your property?  These are the situations that Florida, an artisan from the Abarikumwe weaving cooperative, faced in her daily life before she began the Adult Literacy Program, run by Azizi Life’s NGO, Ubuzima Bwiza Iwacu.

Celebrating Life

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Hello from the Azizi Life team to wherever you are in the world right now!  Welcome to the home of our new blog, a place in which you will find stories of hope and life from right here in beautiful Rwanda coming up in the next few months and beyond.