P.S.-I made this…with Indego Africa: A Colorful Mission For Good

July 10, 2014

Behind-The-Scenes

P.S.- I made this… is proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the innovative people behind Indego Africa, an amazing social enterprise that empowers women artisans in Rwanda. Their beautiful products, from jewelry to home decor and accessories, are handmade in partnership with 14 cooperatives made up of over 500 women. With all profits going back into the organization, Indego Africa is able to provide them with essential job skills; from management, entrepreneurship, design, literacy, health and technology, along with the ability to sustain a positive life for themselves and their families.

Erica made the inspiring trip to Africa this summer to see firsthand the production of a collection of DIY Iron-On Patches that she designed exclusively for Indego Africa. The patches, inspired by Africa’s rich culture and landscape, are handmade by the IBABA cooperative—a group of 28 talented Rwandan women artisans known for their stunning and life-like hand-embroidery, using techniques originally taught to them by Belgian nuns. Check out our video debuting their gorgeous work here, and then head on over to IndegoAfrica.Org to purchase a set. And for added inspiration, view our DIY patch projects!

Erica was accompanied by friend and co-founder of the conscious lifestyle guide Conscious Commerce Barbara “Babs” Burchfield. Together the two documented their visits to numerous cooperatives, where they met with the artisans to witness their work and hear their inspiring stories. Watch the journey here and get their insights on the positive impacts of social enterprise.

*Watercolor illustrations by Martha Napier of Marnani Design Studio www.marnani.com 
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