Today’s post is a little different from my usual topics of discussion, but it is a subject near & dear to my heart. I will be sharing some information about Macy’s partnership with the Rwanda Path to Peace project.
I have always been passionate about community service and helping the less fortunate. As I’ve mentioned, I used to have way too many jobs–but I really loved each one that I had. For several years I was the leader of a youth group and also a youth community service organization in Hartford. I eventually realized that I was too busy to give 100% to any of the jobs I had, and resigned from those positions.
It was so easy to serve those in need when it was my job, but now that it’s not I struggle to find the time to help those in my community. That’s why I love it when stores offer easy chances to help out–whether it’s a 1, 3, or 5 dollar donation to a food bank, or portions of profits from a product that go back to help others.
Macy’s has had a partnership with a wonderful initiative called the Path to Peace project, which benefits Rwandan women. In 1994, about 1 million citizens of Rwanda were brutally murdered in a 100-day genocide. Afterwards, women made up about 70% of the Rwandan population. Instead of bemoaning their situation, the women of Rwanda rallied together to help rebuild their country. One way that they reclaimed their nation was by reviving their tradition of weaving baskets and bowls.
Since 2005, Macy’s has been working with the Path to Peace project to help the women of Rwanda regain hope & strength. Macy’s sent me this beautiful hand-woven bowl from the Path to Peace project:
Isn’t it gorgeous? The picture doesn’t convey how sturdy and detailed it is, but I was really surprised at how well-crafted it was! It even comes with a loop on the back so that you can use it as a wall decoration. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity.
If you want to support the Path to Peace project, you can purchase these beautiful bowls either at your local Macy’s store, or online. There is a great variety of designs to choose from.
For $40, you can have a gorgeous bowl that can be used for decoration or to hold fruits & veggies, as well as the good feeling you get from knowing your purchases have gone to help others who need it. It’s an easy way to spread some love to others in the world. :)
I encourage you to go to their website and read some of the stories, letters, and watch some videos from the female artisans that produce these products, and how the proceeds have helped their lives & their community. It’s a surefire way to bring you some inspiration to your day!