Friends, we are over the moon over Ashford’s announcement that Handspun Hope is the 2020 recipient of the Elizabeth and Richard Ashford Textile Award. Keep reading to see the official announcement:
THE ELIZABETH AND RICHARD ASHFORD TEXTILE AWARD 2020
We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2020 Award is Handspun Hope, Rwanda. https://www.handspunhope.org/
This non-profit organization employs 123 at risk women who are living in extreme poverty and most are survivors of the 1994 Genocide and many are living with HIV. The women spin, dye and knit garments that are then sold with the proceeds invested back into the project.
Handspun Hope will receive $5000 of Ashford products to help them in their wonderful humanitarian work.
Congratulations to all applicants and especially the other finalists, WindReach Farm’s “Homespun Wool Therapy Program” Ontario, Canada and Life and Loom Ltd, Yorkshire, UK. It was a very hard decision to pick just one for the award, as all would have been worthy winners.
Thank you, Ashford Wheels & Looms, for this tremendous honor. This grant will allow us to continue the work God has called us to in Rwanda…and we are so very grateful.