"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

4.10.2008

shop to make a difference

Waco friends, there's an Amani ya Juu sale at the Baylor SUB tomorrow from 11-3.

Amani ya Juu is a women's empowerment project in Nairobi, Kenya, with branches in Rwanda and Burundi. Refugee women in the Amani program learn to sew and market products, which gives them a way to provide for their families in the future. They also learn to work together with women from different backgrounds, and study the Bible together to learn about the "higher peace" (which is what "amani ya juu" means in Kiswahili) that only God can provide.

I am a huge believer in Amani's mission (it doesn't hurt that Melissa worked there when she was actually a missionary) and I spend a small fortune in their Nairobi and Kigali boutiques. I was lucky that Melissa had hosted a sale in her home right before I visited, so I just did some Amani shopping. They make the cutest handbags, jewlery, linens, children's toys, and children's clothing. The website only gives you a tiny preview of the merchandise that's available. I give Amani stuff as gifts to friends all year long; they're cute and practical.

The best thing about Amani is that you can be confident that the money you spend will go directly to the women in the project - the missionaries who help administer Amani do not receive any of the profits.

If you're in Waco, stop by the SUB tomorrow and take a look!

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