I'm flying out to Rwanda on Friday and will be there for two weeks! I can hardly believe the time for this trip is actually here! My main goals are to learn as much as I can about the culture, fabric, history, and most importantly the women of Rwanda. I will have the opportunity to finally sit down and share a meal with Laura and Kristy, missionaries who manage the co-op in Kigali and with whom I talk over the computer every day. I can't wait to meet them and get to know their families! I will be able to share my story with the women of the More than Sparrows co-op and get to hear their stories. I am hoping to visit a couple of them at their homes. We will get to talk about product design, US color trends, imagine what Joseph's hairstyle looked like (working on a nativity set together), and we will celebrate where this business partnership has taken us.
I will also get to visit villages beyond Kigali, genocide memorial sites, schools run by Africa New Life Ministry, Noonday's sewing co-op Umucyo, and the highly-anticipated fabric market.
The web shop will still be open for business during out trip, but we won't be shipping any new orders until August 1st. Sarah (our Creative Director) will be handling business here in Colorado and answering any emails. So if you have a question about an order or anything else, just contact Sarah@thesparrowstudio.com.
I'd love to share the trip with you, since this trip is only happening because of you. So here's how to be social the next 2 weeks:
Follow @thesparrowstudio and @anniemphillips on Instagram. Follow us on facebook. Check back here for blog posts. Sarah and I hope you will come party with us in August, as we share stories, photos, and brand new designs from Rwanda.