Same Sky Trade Initiative
Same Sky is a trade-not-aid initiative which utilizes jewelry to effect change in Rwanda, one woman at a time. Founded in 2008, Same Sky aims to be a part of the global movement lifting women out of poverty by giving them tools to become entrepreneurs and lead self-sustaining lives. Same Sky is partnered with a local handicrafts center where Same Sky artisans are trained to create fine fashion jewelry. Working in an artisan collective, women are free to discuss social issues of the day, such as handling poor nutrition, western medicine and domestic abuse. In addition, working in a supportive environment has allowed women to work towards reconciliation from the 1994 genocide. Outside of the collective, women are encouraged to take the beading skills they've developed to their local marketplace, providing further opportunity to sustain themselves and their families.