More Than Sparrows
More than Sparrows is a cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda composed of 34 vulnerable women and their 102 children. As the first group of artisans we worked with, they are near and dear to our hearts. Over the past three years, we've seen tremendous strides in their skills, attention to detail, quality of work, and rise out of poverty. Post-genocide Rwanda is challenging in regards to job opportunities but is also an incredibly hopeful environment for these hard working women. We are delighted to collaborate with them to create modern, relevant product and a marketplace here in the United States.
More than Sparrows desires to serve the women through a holistc approach- addressing their social, economic, physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. To this end, they offer weekly devotions, spend time in prayer and singing together, provide business classes, Kiryanwanda literacy classes, English classes, and sewing lessons. More than Sparrows desires to show the women the love of Christ and His power to transform their lives and give them eternal hope. Their vision is to help every family in the cooperative to gain an income which will allow them to be able to send their children to school and pay for medical insurance, food, and safe housing.
The opportunity to create beautiful things with their hands and receive a dignified wage for their creations, helps to restore their dignity and gives them the courage to break the cycle of poverty.
Annie first met Abraham the Summer of 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Abraham works with brass, horn, and bone. He is also a husband, father, and shop owner. Recycled brass comes from old pad locks and other discarded brass hardware he finds. They are melted down and poured into the custom molds he creates for us. Each piece of jewelry is carefully crafted by hand. Our items that have the larger brass chain, such as the Take Heart bracelet (link) or Scallop necklace (link) display Abraham's patience and ability to make each and every link. Abraham's sparkling personality and willingness to try new designs make him a pleasure to work with!
We met Germania through Annie's next door neighbor who got to know Germania while living in Ecuador for 3 years. GermaniaGermania is a single mom in a rural area of Ecuador, descended from the Shuar people group. She grows her own seeds to make into beads on a small finca (farm).
Germania received a fair wage for her work and tells us she has cried tears of gratitude thinking about your support of her craft.
We enjoy Germania's creativity, generosity, and enthusiasm for working with new materials and colors. She often gifts us new designs and has introduced us to new techniques and and natural materials.