Rwanda Path to Peace: Gifts With Purpose

I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Rwanda Path Peace Ornament

Like many of you, our family adds one new ornament to our tree each year. There’s four decision makers involved, so choosing the “perfect” ornament can be challenging. We’ve looked at the selection at various stores we visited this month, but not one ornament resonated with everyone in entire family.

When I told the kids about a chance for us to add a Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace basket ornament to our tree, they agreed wholeheartedly. Why? Because the ornament represents our family’s philosophy of supporting others. In this case, we’re supporting Rwandan women who handcraft these beautiful miniature baskets.

Seriously, look at the skill involved in making one of these gorgeous baskets:

They take skill and artistry to make. But there’s more to the story.

Path to Peace Helps Rwandan Women Become Breadwinners

Have you ever considered buy a present that provide sustainable income to those in need? I’m working hard to add less stuff to our home and our lives. That means the items we purchase and gift each other must serve multiple purposes or bring us joy.

In this case, the items bring the recipient joy while the purchase allows Rwandan women to provide for themselves. For those not familiar with the country’s history, a three-month mass slaughter killed nearly a million people because of a deep seated hatred between the Hutus and Tutsi tribes. After the violence ended, many Rwandan women found themselves thrust into the unfamiliar role of being the sole breadwinner for their families, since their husbands, fathers and sons had been killed. Others saw their husbands jailed for committing unspeakable atrocities.

Rwanda Juru Collection

Women from both sides came together, wove baskets, and created an industry to support themselves and their families. Path to Peace was created to bring their baskets to a wider audience (people like me and you) so the women can make a livelihood from their work.

When you purchase a Rwanda Path to Peace basket, you are supporting women like Ruth and Doracella. You’re also bringing beauty and function into your home. They make great gifts for holidays, birthdays, and those “I love you” gifts.

See the full Path to Peace collection at Macy’s.

Pixie cat looking at Christmas ornament

Just make sure to hang your Path to Peace ornament where the cat can’t get to them.