We sit leaning against a house on a grass mat high in the hills of Muhanga Rwanda weaving a basket. There is much laughter and singing. They tell me my future son in law must give me a cow before he can marry my daughter. I explain I can’t take care of a cow. The ladies want to know what my life looks like in North Carolina and if I only eat what I grow. I tell them if that is the case, I would only eat flowers!
As we weave a basket together, we also weave our lives together. They become a part of me and I become a part of them. You see, it’s not about a beautiful basket. It’s about Primative and her family. She tells me about her son Oscar. I tell her about Kayley and Nick.
As I learn the ins and outs of weaving, I also learn about the artisans. When I help you build a basket wall, I don’t just see the beautiful colors, I remember the beautiful faces behind each piece. We don’t just build wall art together, you become a part of their beautiful story.
Each handmade basket is unique, just like the hands that made them. As we head into the Christmas Season, please consider giving an Azizi Life as a gift or even giving a Marketplace gift card and let me help your friend or family build a custom basket wall. You are not just giving them a gift, you are giving them an experience, an opportunity to be a part of transforming someone’s life.