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A COVID-19 Update and a Prayer Request

A COVID-19 Update and a Prayer Request

  Dear Friends,   As of this morning, there are now 1,105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda and three deaths.   The government is allowing our employees to return to work. We are so grateful for our staff in Rwanda who ensure everyone is practicing safe social distancing while at work and wearing masks. We have multiple washing/sanitizing stations set up throughout the property.     Stateside, we are still unable to generate revenue through sales at trade shows, as large gatherings are not yet safe. OUR SOLE MEANS OF GENERATING INCOME FOR THE MINISTRY LIE IN SALES FROM...

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Q&A with Designer, Sammy Abdella

Q&A with Designer, Sammy Abdella

    Today’s Q&A is with Sammy Abdella, an artisan and expert leather craftsman working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sammy has been a friend of Handspun Hope for years and his beautiful bags have long been a staple of the Hope Artisan Collective. We want you to get know him and his business … welcome, Sammy!   Q: Sammy, thank you for talking to us. How long have you been making your beautiful leather bags? Who taught you the craft?  A: Since 2005. Ethiopia has a high quality and variety of leather because of climate and geographical conditions. When the...

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A Q&A with In-Country Director, Simon Dufitumukiza

A Q&A with In-Country Director, Simon Dufitumukiza

    With Father’s Day fast approaching, we thought we would reach out to one of our favorite dads and the man who keeps everything running smoothly in Rwanda, In-Country Director, Simon Dufitumukiza. He keeps so many plates spinning at the cooperative and is a father of two. Please welcome Simon!   Q: Simon, thank you for talking to us. Tell us how long you have worked for Handspun Hope? A: I have worked for Handspun Hope for over nine years. Originally, I came on as a Project Officer.   Q: You do so much for Handspun Hope. What does...

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Sponsorship Opportunity: Muteteri & Mama Brian

Sponsorship Opportunity: Muteteri & Mama Brian

    We are continuing our sponsorship features (if you missed the first one, you can read it here but, spoiler alert - BOTH ladies featured last month are now FULLY SPONSORED!!). Both of the talented artisans you’ll meet below are currently unsponsored. When one of our employees is sponsored, it means a generous donor has agreed to make monthly donations in her honor. A sponsorship can be in any amount but a donation of $150 fully sponsors one woman. You can read more about sponsorship levels by clicking here. While sponsorship levels are set amounts, you may make a...

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Q&A with Darago Leather Creator, Chernet Gebretsadik

Q&A with Darago Leather Creator, Chernet Gebretsadik

  A few years ago, while on a buying trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we happened upon a couple of young men selling beautifully constructed leather bags. We were struck, not only by their talent, but by their gentle spirits and determination to carve out a better life for themselves and their families. We knew the work of Chernet and his brother, Sisay, belonged in the Hope Artisan Collective. We are excited to be able to introduce you so, please, welcome Chernet!     Q: CHERNET, IT IS WONDERFUL TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN. TELL US HOW YOU LEARNED TO...

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