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Featured Product: The Hope Felted Nativity

Featured Product: The Hope Felted Nativity

We know, we know …. October is awfully early to start showcasing a Christmas nativity. BUT …. we can’t wait another moment to share with you this lovely, heirloom-quality collection. We also want you to know the story of the wonderfully talented ladies who create them. Our collectible nativity began in 2018 with Mary, holding Jesus, and Joseph …     It was such a popular holiday item that we decided to expand the set the set the following year. In 2019, we introduced the Royal Trio and their Majestic Camels … AND PEOPLE LOST THEIR MINDS …      ...

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Q&A with Rosa in honor of International Day of Older People

Q&A with Rosa in honor of International Day of Older People

  “To be able to provide meals and to eat with my grandchildren brings me joy. In the future, I hope to make repairs to my home, to won a pig and to have my own business” — Rosa                                                                           Rosa has worked for Handspun Hope since 2012 and, at 82 years old, has the distinction of being the eldest member of our Rwanda team....

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Sponsorship Opportunity: Ange and Ruth

Sponsorship Opportunity: Ange and Ruth

Each month, we highlight two employees who have not yet been fully sponsored. When one of our employees is receives a full sponsorship, it means a generous donor or group of donors has agreed to make monthly donations in her honor. A sponsorship can be in any amount and it takes $150 per month to fully sponsor one woman. You can read more about sponsorship levels by clicking here. While the levels are set amounts, you may make a monthly donation of any amount and we will combine yours with others to create a full sponsorship for one woman. When...

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Featured Organization: Umutima

Featured Organization: Umutima

  This week we wanted to shine a light on another lovely organization we’ve been working with for years. The Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC) was established in the city of Kigali in 2007 by 18 Rwandese women. Since their inception, their singular focus has been to address gender -based violence, gender inequality and discrimination.                        (Photos by Meade Inglis for Umutima)   In 2013, NWC launched their product line, Umutima, which means “heart” in Kinyarwanda. The name couldn’t be more perfect because we fell in love with this line from...

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The Importance of Education - Forever Free

The Importance of Education - Forever Free

  “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ~ Frederick Douglass                                  As of September 1st, students in Rwanda are returning to their classrooms. We wanted to share with the you a bit of the joy that can be found in Susa Primary School, located next door to the Handspun Hope campus in Musanze. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.    Many of the ladies working for Handspun Hope send their children to Susa Primary. Here, they...

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