Azizi Life is so much more than a business.  As a social enterprise, each of our businesses positively impact rural communities in Rwanda by providing regular work and fair wage income for our partner artisans.  This income empowers the artisans to raise their families out of poverty.  What does this increased income do?  Children become the first in their families to go to secondary school.  Families become healthier because of health insurance that guarantees them affordable medical care.  For the first time families build and own a home. Parents purchase livestock that give their children a nutritionally balanced diet and generate even more income. What is even more remarkable is that many of our artisan partners use their Azizi Life craft income to assist others in their community and employ their neighbors.  The impact of Azizi Life goes beyond income generation for one artisan to their entire family and other families in the community.

Individual, family and community impact through fair wages is only one part of the Azizi Life vision.  From the beginning, the dream of Azizi Life was to create a self-sustaining development model.  The goal was to set up businesses that positively impact families and communities and are profitable enough to support larger community development projects that are essential in rural Rwandan communities but are well beyond the scope and ability of an artisan’s income to provide.

It was out of this dream that our Rwandan team founded a local non-profit called Ubuzima Bwiza Iwacu which means Good Life Here at Home.  Each of our businesses gives support to the local non-profit and donates 20% of their profits each year.  Ubuzima Bwiza Iwacu then uses this money, plus additional donations raised through our US non-profit, to work alongside artisans and their communities to provide large-scale community development projects.

Click on the pictures below to find out more about each of our community development projects that are breaking down barriers and promoting the thriving of rural communities in Rwanda.