Eeeek! This post makes me so happy! While I wasn’t able to last year, I normally host a Fall Amani ya Juu party, as a way to spread the word about this wonderful organization as well as sell their beautiful products. Most of the time I want to buy.them.all. Africa is a beautiful place (I’ve had the blessing of seeing Botswana and Zambia) and I love to partner with organizations working there in any way I can!
So count this as your official invitation! If you live in the Austin area, mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17, 2013! It’ll kick off at 7:00 and I’d love for you to stop by. There’ll be snacks and drinks and a chance to get some shopping done. All the money goes right back to the organization and the women who create these wonderful products!
So here’s some pics of some of the goodness that will be on sale. If you aren’t in the area, be sure to check out their online shop! More details at the bottom!
If you haven’t heard of Amani, well here’s a little info from their website: Amani ya Juu (“peace from above” in Swahili) is a sewing and training program for marginalized women established in Nairobi, Kenya, with sister centers in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Liberia. Women at Amani are learning to work together through faith in God who provides a peace that transcends all cultural and ethnic differences. Amani portrays a unique picture of diversity, with women coming from Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mozambique, and other African nations.
Amani began in 1996 with four women sewing placemats together in Nairobi. Since then, Amani has grown to over 100 women representing ethnic groups and experiences from all across Africa. As women return to their homelands, they carry Amani with them. Amani has established a presence of peace in five African nations (Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, and Uganda) and two US cities (Washington, DC and Chattanooga, TN). Each Amani center is locally registered and independently managed with support from an international leadership team.
Amani is committed to holistic development. Women gain experience in stitching, quality control, purchasing, bookkeeping, management and design. As new women enter the program they are mentored in quality workmanship with strong emphasis on ethical business practices and harmonious relationships with people of different backgrounds.
Relationships built upon God’s peace transform even the most troubled lives. Amani women participate in singing, praying, and Bible study as part of daily activities. Visits to one another’s homes also help them care for one another. As women live out peace, they also pass it to their neighbors in need. The women extend Amani’s culture of peace by sharing resources with other Amani centers—mentoring new leaders, conducting skills training, and contributing toward start-up costs.
Hope you can stop by!
October 17, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
If you can make it, let me know and I’ll pass along location details!
If you can’t make it, please be sure to check out their online shop. It’s full of even more beautiful stuff!