What an Adventure

What an Adventure

Today is my last day in Kigali Rwanda and what an adventure this has been! Known as the Land of a 1000 Hills, I believe I have traveled on at least 500 of them! All kidding aside, Rwanda should be known as the Land of 1000 Smiles. Artisans have welcomed me into their workshops and into their lives. I have carved wood, weaved baskets, picked and processed coffee, built a bee hive, and hand dipped candles. I said I wasn’t going to design on this trip but I had the opportunity to design a really cool banana fiber box to house our beeswax soaps. I have dug around workshops and found really cool products that are not being sold in the US that will be as soon as I unpack my bags!  I have had the opportunity to help a group cost and work through accounting issues, while not glamorous, it truly is necessary for the life of our groups. I got to help create social media strategies for the year and craft stories for upcoming videos. I have met a new group creating beautiful products that I will introduce you to when I get home! God has shown me our next Round it Up Campaign that I am just so excited by that I will share in the coming weeks. I have been in countless artisan homes and shared meals, visited entrepreneur businesses, shared laughs, and even did a bit of African dancing. I have cheered for our artisans and also cried with some. My heart was broken and my core was rocked at the Genocide Memorial. Yep- this has been an amazing trip. I will spend my last day with Azizi Life’s story team and then will catch a red eye and head back home. I will touch down in Charlotte around 6 pm on Saturday night. I will not soon forget hospitality of Rwanda. When I left each workshop, I would tell the artisans the same thing. “You work so hard to make beautiful product. Now it’s my job to sell it all!” They would always smile so big and clap. My job is to share their stories and to connect them with you. Thank you all who have followed me in Rwanda, for all the kind emails, texts, direct messages, and comments. They have been so appreciated. It’s time for my last day and to finish strong! Let’s see what God has up His sleeves for my last day in Kigali!