Young Living Foundation - Azizi Life - Developing Enterprise - Artisans

Leveraging handcraft to drive social change.

Young Living Foundation - Azizi Life - Rwanda Map Outline

Location:

Rwanda

Technique:

Handmade decor

Partners:

2020-Present

Azizi Life

The skilled artisans of the Azizi Life collective in Rwanda create beautiful, handcrafted items using traditional weaving. These women have lived through genocide and have now banded together to rebuild their lives. Many grew up without access to proper education, medical care, or nutrition. Now, resources like fair wage income and literacy classes equip them to fulfill their vision of a brighter future for their children. Hundreds of women are weaving for a more beautiful world.

Young Living Foundation - Azizi Life - Developing Enterprise - Artisans
Young Living Foundation - Azizi Life - Developing Enterprise - Artisans

Items made by this women-led business





Each purchase creates lasting change



449,484

Fair pay hours provided

1,127

Women provided employment

4,598

Dependents supported 




Featured Artisans


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    I’m Alphonsine
    I’m Alphonsine

    “My family has benefited greatly from this job, mainly because I’m able to pay for my children’s school fees and my family’s health insurance. I’ve been able to afford better food and medicine, and I’m now saving for the future.” 

    Alphonsine says if she didn’t have work at Azizi Life she’d be doing manual labor or farming, and one of the things she enjoys most about Azizi Life is working as a group of friends. Her stable income has helped her to save and invest for her future, which she couldn’t do before.  

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    I'm Marie Claire
    I'm Marie Claire

    “This job is better because I have consistent income each week. Because of this job, I can pay the school fees for my younger sisters. I’m also able to buy them study materials. I also help my family with their immediate financial needs.” 

    Marie Claire is unmarried but supports her three younger sisters and her fair pay wages lets her keep them in school. She is also now able to save a little money each to have a savings account which she couldn’t do before working at Azizi Life. 

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    I'm Odette
    I'm Odette

    “I can now afford better food, school, and medicine. I am also planning on setting up a savings account with this income soon.” 

    Odette wasn’t able to pay for her children’s school fees but working for Azizi has helped her do this consistently. When she has enough saved, she plans to buy two pigs and raise them to sell later on. This will be extra income for her family in the future to better their lives.


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