Purchasing power is one of the most powerful voices in our society today. Based on our spending habits, businesses open and shutdown. Local economies are revitalized or decimated, simply by the purchase decisions that we make. We are not simply buying a product, we are supporting a company culture selling the product. We are supporting a local economy that creates the product. We are making our voices heard in what we support.
This holiday season I have a unique ask of you. Macy’s has joined the Rwanda Path to Peace to help revitalize a very specific economy and culture. This economy was devastated through a savage attempt to make an entire culture and its people extinct. The genocidal mass slaughter left a lingering impact on the people of Rwanda. In one attempt to bring a sense of purpose and culture back, women of Rwanda have continued the tradition of basket weaving. And now, Macy’s has made the Rwanda Collections available to us. Why is this purchase unique? It serves as a reminder that tyranny will never be accepted as a way of life in this world. And that we will collectively support those being oppressed.
On our tree hangs the limited edition 2016 Year of Peace, Rwanda Gold Ornament. It provides a reminder and a symbol of the strength that the women of Rwanda exuded as they came together to heal their culture. The intricate details represent a building of a culture divide that devastated a nation. Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace products are a way for the local economy to show that they are not forgetting and are honoring the beautiful cultural based contributions of Rwanda. Every time you make a purchase, you have an opportunity to make a difference. Buying products like Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace that give hope and employment to women is a way to make sure your hard-earned dollars are making a difference.
Rwanda Path to Peace is now the longest-lasting program of its kind, impacting thousands of women throughout Rwanda, their families and communities. With their earnings, women can now send their children to school. They can buy everything from soap to land, malaria nets to health insurance. The income they earn from their handiwork has helped rebuild their communities. One of the first things a weaver does when she sells her first basket is buy soap. The next thing she does is buy shoes and pay school fees. Many weavers today have seen huge improvements in their lives.
Disclosure: I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line for this honest review.