One of the things I miss most about traveling is getting the opportunity to hear stories directly from our artisans. January 2020, I met Pascasie in Rwanda and she inspired me with her story.
Pascasie lost 1/2 of her family during Genocide in 1994. She discovered that the people who killed her family were in prison and she wanted to know the truth. Initially they would not speak to her and she kept coming back. They eventually asked for forgiveness. She realized when they got out of prison they would need a way to support themselves so she taught them to weave. Together they created the beautiful Peace Basket.
The Peace Basket is made by a cooperative of weavers who are victims and perpetrators of genocide working side by side. Let that sink in for a minute. We live in a world where we are easily offended by the smallest of things. As I sat across from Pascasie, I marveled at her strength, resiliency, and a level of forgiveness many of us will never understand.
The Peace Basket is back in stock. When you purchase this, you will get a copy of the entire story of your peace basket. It would make an amazing gift.