November 22, 2023

Rwanda Path to Peace at Macy's

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are often a time of reflection and giving.  My email inbox is filled with so many charitable causes reminding me of giving opportunities this time of year.  The hard part is choosing whom to give to!
Macy's is making it really easy to both support a worthy cause and check off gifts from your Christmas list.   They've started an initiative to help Rwandan artisans in their Rwanda Path to Peace campaign, where they're selling gorgeous baskets to help support Rwandan women.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the Rwandan genocide from 1994, where 1 million+ Rwandan population were murdered within 100 days, leaving the percentage of female Rwandans at 70%.  Rwanda Path to Peace is a way of revitalizing the economy and spirit of the Rwandan people through their traditional crafts, created by women.
The beautiful Rwandan basket I was sent looks lovely in our home, and will make a lovely, meaningful centerpiece on our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables.  Made of naturally dyed sisal coil-sewn over bundled sweetgrass, each basket comes with a certificate of authenticity and the knowledge that you are helping rebuild a war-torn nation.

I like that Macy's is not just bringing attention to the situation in Rwanda, but supporting the livlihood of its women and maintaining their artistic traditions, all while bringing these beautiful crafts into their stores and eventually, American homes.
You can find more information on Rwanda Path to Peace HERE, as well as purchase these lovely baskets in Macy's stores or online.
Disclosure: I received a basket for review via Everywhere Society.


  1. What an incredible, amazing tribute to some incredible, amazing, STRONG people!

    And those baskets are just stunning-I bet you're going to get quite a few compliments on it :)

  2. I work for Everywhere in supporting Rwanda Path to Peace. Thank you so much for being a voice for this organization. I am so glad you like the basket, it represents so much hope.

  3. Kathleen, like Kelly I work for Everywhere and love love love your post. Before we even began supporting the campaign at Macy's, I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with Willa Shalit who is the social entrepreneur who brought this program to Macy's. The sale of these baskets has made a huge difference on many communities of women weavers in this country. I remember when I traveled there, and this is several years ago, you could go into a town and tell right away who was a weaver, because their children were clean and had shoes. One of the fist things a weaver does with her earnings is buy shoes for her children and pay for their school fees. I ache to go back there. I learned so much from the Rwandans I met.


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