Did you see Friday’s post about fair trade organization, Amani ya Juu? If not, make sure to read my review of their beautiful Olive Branch spoon set and then head back here to read more about the company and enter a giveaway.
(Coincidentally, Friday’s post fell on Daniel’s and my fifth wedding anniversary. We didn’t realize it then, but it’s traditional to give your beloved something made of wood on your fifth anniversary, so it was rather fitting that I chose to review the most beautiful wooden spoons on that day.)
And now for the last two interview questions and responses:
Do employees “graduate” from Amani or do you find that many of them stay on long term?
Amani is committed to holistic development. Women gain experience in stitching, quality control, purchasing, bookkeeping, management and design. As new women enter the program they are mentored in quality workmanship with strong emphasis on ethical business practices and harmonious relationships with people of different backgrounds.
Due to the circumstances affecting marginalized women, the ladies who come through our doors are in a very transient stage of life. They often move to to another city or return to their home country. Those who stay often move up in the ranks, training others, begin to oversee a certain department, or earn an administrative position. Some receive loans from us and start their own small businesses. Others apply for our scholarship program and further their education.
Besides making a purchase, what are the best ways for us to support Amani ya Juu?
Spread the word. Following us and sharing about us on social media is huge. Introducing us to new people means more opportunities for consistent, sustainable livelihood for the ladies in Africa. Signing up for our e-newsletter blasts is also a great way to stay connected if you think you might want to purchase from us in the future (Christmas is only 165 days away!).
Volunteer. Host an Amani Box Party in your home, church, school or other community event. Box Parties play a vital role in sustaining the women of Amani and in spreading God’s peace in your community. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray. [If you’re the praying sort,] join with us in praying that God’s peace will reign in Amani communities everywhere.
Donate. Support Amani’s work in extending God’s peace beyond her walls. Donate online.
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