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A Word From Madagascar: Q&A with Dressmaker, Tentely

A Word From Madagascar: Q&A with Dressmaker, Tentely

  If you have shopped with us for very long, you’ve likely seen the precious dresses we carry that are handmade in Madagascar. Year after year, these beauties are one of our best sellers…and it’s so easy to see why. Each dress is made by Tentely, a seamstress we met working in the Malagasy market in Antananarivo. Not only does Tentely make each dress, she and her family smock and embroider each one by hand, creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.                            We are especially fond of her designs of children...

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Upcoming Event - I'm Not Leaving: An Evening with Carl Wilkens

Upcoming Event - I'm Not Leaving: An Evening with Carl Wilkens

  Friends, we are beyond excited about our latest upcoming event. Several days ago, we posted a blog about Carl Wilkens, the only American to choose to stay in Rwanda during the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. (If you missed the blog you can read it by clicking here). Wilkens was living in Rwanda at the time with his wife and three children. When the genocide began, Carl made the incredible decision to remain in Kigali in order to help those he knew would be murdered if he left. It’s an inspiring story. We are thrilled to announce that...

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A Word From Rwanda: Q&A with Shepherd Jean-Marie

A Word From Rwanda: Q&A with Shepherd Jean-Marie

  We spend much of our time focusing on the 123 incredible women who work for Handspun Hope in Rwanda. But we also employ farm staff who care for our flock of sheep just down the road from the cooperative where the ladies work. I can honestly tell you…that farm is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life. It sits at the base of the Virunga National Forest, home to the Silverback Mountain Gorillas (and just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the future Ellen Degeneres campus at Dian Fossey’s research facility). Surrounded by eucalyptus forests, the air...

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A Word From Rwanda Country Director, Simon Dufitumukiza

A Word From Rwanda Country Director, Simon Dufitumukiza

      Hello friends, I am greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May His healing power and mercy be upon the whole world. During this tough and unprecedented situation, which the entire world is facing, I would like to share with you about Handspun Hope here in Rwanda. Like everywhere else, the global coronavirus pandemic is deeply affecting our community.  Daily global and national updates about the pandemic are very shocking and along with isolation and lockdown so many problems are making life very complicated. The number of registered COVID-19 cases in Rwanda has been...

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Shadow and Light: The Promise of Easter

Shadow and Light: The Promise of Easter

  April 7th marked the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. This is a solemn time …a day when the world stops to remember the atrocities that occurred 26 years ago in 1994.   April 7th also began the national mourning period in Rwanda, during which time the country focuses on the Genocide against the Tutsi until July 4th, or Liberation Day.   Some in Rwanda believe this to be an important time of reflection, a time to insure something so horrific never happens again. But for many of the women we employ, this can be an...

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