Disclaimer: I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Path to Peace line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Friends, what are your favorite ornaments on the tree? Let me tell you a little story about this special one…
After one of the worst genocides in human history took place in Rwanda in the 1990s, many women embraced the opportunity to heal, seek peace, and support their families by weaving baskets. Women from both sides of the ethnic divide came together, wove baskets, and created an industry, which today supports thousands of Rwandan women and their families. In 2005, American and social entrepreneur, artist, and activist Willa Shalit vowed to make a difference in the lives of these Rwandan women. She showed the baskets to executives at Macy’s who then committed to go into business with the weavers in Rwanda and help sell their baskets.
This was how the Macy’s Path to Peace organization was formed; it still exists today and continues to offer sustainable income to basket weavers by allowing them opportunities to meaningfully support their families. One of the types of baskets the Rwandan women make are Christmas ornaments. And this holiday season, I am honored to support these women (and the organization that backs them) by hanging this beautiful basked front and center on my tree.
To shop for your own (even if it doesn’t make it onto your tree until next year) and contribute to this amazing cause, head on over to the Macy’s Gifts that Give Hope page.
And if you are interested in learning more about Rwandan basket weavers, the basket weaving process, and Macy’s Rwandan Path to Peace organization, check out the following videos:
Merry Christmas, friends!