Are you struggling as much as I am with what Christmas or holiday gifts to get for friends and family? I'm not only struggling with what to get folks but really from where to get them. On the one hand, I've been trying (key word: trying!) to adopt a more minimalist approach to life. Less clutter and tschokes around the house means less clutter and tschokes to clean or arrange. Do I really need more stuff?
And yet, I do want to share a little something with certain family and friends who I think might really appreciate a special gift. Cue Amani Ya Juu. I stumbled across their shop in Mt. Pleasant in Washington, DC last summer while I was subletting a room in the neighborhood. The shop itself is quite compact and yet they've managed to stock it with quality, hand-crafted goods sourced from Sub-Saharan Africa and women's collectives, providing training and employment to women in need and desire of both.
From their website:
Amani began in 1996 with four women sewing placemats together in Nairobi. Since then, Amani has grown to over 100 women representing ethnic groups and experiences from all across Africa. As women return to their homelands, they carry Amani with them. Amani has established a presence of peace in five African nations (Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, and Uganda) and two US cities (Washington, DC and Chattanooga, TN). Each Amani center is locally registered and independently managed with support from an international leadership team.
This Sunday (November 17th) and again on November 24th, Abdoulaye and I will be hosting Amani Sales in our home from 2-5. We'd love for you to join us for tea and some snacks and to hang out and peruse some of Amani's gorgeous offerings. Check out their website for some of what Amani has to offer.
Is there anything you'd especially like to see offered at our sale? Let me know in the comments below! Disclaimer: this isn't a commissioned sale - so no pressure to buy anything! We're hosting because we like Amani's mission and way of doing business and want to do our part to help support their purpose:
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.
Avoid the mall this holiday season and if you're inclined to purchase treasures, come on over and get them from the comfort of our home. Contact me at jennifermorgandavis [at] gmail [dot] com for our address and/or questions. I hope to see you soon!