Opening Doors of Opportunity

November 24, 2016

This week, we've been sharing inspiring accounts of how the Good Buy and its network of partners are bringing people and cultures together to make change for good in the world. 

Seraphine and members of her family. Photo courtesy All Across Africa.

Today, meet Seraphine, a weaver for All Across Africa. Seraphine is 45 years old and lives in Rwanda, a country still deeply reeling from the echoes of the 1994 genocide, but rebuilding itself with unquenchable hope and progressively finding its way towards stability. Seraphine lost her father when she was 7 and was forced to leave school to learn the art of weaving in order to help bring in some income for her family.

For Seraphine, All Across Africa opened a world of opportunities not just for herself and her family but also for her community. Weaving baskets provides her with steady income, which has allowed her to have a voice in her marriage and experience an equality that is uncommon in rural Rwanda. Her income, combined with that of her husband who is a rural farmer, has allowed them to build a beautiful home with their own cows, goats and chickens. Not only can she now provide food and clothing for the family but she can also send all seven children to school and build a home for her disabled mother in law.

Her steady income also has a significant impact on her community. She can employ neighbors to work the land, hire transporters for her baskets to be brought to the packaging centre and support local vendors at the marketplace because she can afford to purchase good food more often. Because she is now a cooperative leader, her leadership impacts over 300 other women’s ability to also have income and create livelihood for their families, and All Across Africa has been able to hire other local workers as well to package and ship the goods.

This story originally appeared, in shorter form, on our partner All Across Africa's blog. You can impact lives like Seraphine's by purchasing baskets sourced through All Across Africa.

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