Shop with Purpose: Rwanda Path to Peace

I was recently asked to review a beautiful woven basket from Macy’s and of course if you know Miss Merli in NYC you know we love everything beautiful and sharing that with you.  More than anything else though what really sealed the deal was the fact that these baskets are handmade and help the country of Rwanda in a huge way financially, while elevating the status of women there. Call me a feminist but anything to give women more respect and power, count me in.

A beautiful basket filled with my fave beauty product samples

Rwanda Path to Peace commissioned by Macy’s this initiative has taken the talents of Rwandan women and has created income to help rebuild the ravaged country and to support their families.

English: School Children (Rwanda)
English: School Children (Rwanda) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These women have seen their neighbors and their families destroyed by genocide and ethnic cleansing, leaving many of them broken and hopeless, lost in a country where women are considered second-rate citizens because of their gender. Although the genocide has ended the reminisce of the tragedy continues to plague the country today. To learn more about these women’s outlook on life read actual stories from some of the weavers at Macy’s mBlog




As a result of Rawanda Path to Peace these women have gained the respect of their community by financially adding to the makeup of the country. The baskets are a symbol of strength and courage among the Rwandan women who weave them. For more info go to


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