Our handmade placemats are perfect for a fun family lunch or for relaxed dinner parties with a difference. Choose from a variety of bright and cheerful colours to match your kitchen or dining room or to add a contrasting splash of colour to your table. Protect your table and surfaces the fairtrade way – fantastic for outdoor or indoor use.
To enjoy your basket for many years to come, please ensure you:
Wipe them with a slightly damp cloth to clean them.
Don’t machine wash (this would ruin your basket’s shape).
Don’t leave in direct sunlight (this preserves the beautiful colours for longer).
We only use recycled or non-plastic packaging, so your purchase will be better for the planet, too!
Once you place your order, we will dispatch your candle within 2-3 working days. (Please note there may be delays during Covid.)
About our weavers and Comfort International
Our craft group is made up of 12 widowed or orphaned ladies who lost their families during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
After the genocide, they arrived in Kigali, where life continued to be a challenge for them. They were all deeply traumatised and struggled to make ends meet. , with little hope to live. But they had to eat, they had to get somewhere to live, and some had children they needed to provide for.
In 1996, the group started with only two ladies who started earning a living with their beautiful handicrafts. Since then, they met and trained other women with similar life stories and included them in their group.
They started selling their products locally in Rwanda until they met Callum Henderson from Comfort International, who was able to share their products outside of Rwanda.
Each of the ladies has special skills, which means they can produce something completely unique. Their lives have totally changed. Through their craft, some were able to buy homes and pay their children’s school fees.
They’re now one of the most successful projects supporting widows and orphans in Kigali.
Although the Rwandan economy has improved since the genocide, nearly 80% of Rwandans live on less than $3.20 a day, and over half live on less than $1.90.
Fairtrade benefits to communities
Your purchase will help support our craft group of Rwandan ladies as well as Comfort International, a Christian charity working with genocide survivors, street children, displaced people and child soldiers.
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