over the past few weeks, a few friends in arizona have had house parties to share the story of "sew rwanda" and to sell the products that the women have been making. the response has been amazing. this is the video that we showed to introduce rwanda and to introduce the women that are in our group.
the project is already making a huge impact in the women's lives.
at 1:20 in the video, you see a house with a rock floor. that is donata's house. with the money that she has made from the project, she has been able to put concrete in almost all of the rooms. that is a great blessing to her, especially since her family doesn't have a mattress to sleep on! madalina has rented a small plot of land in order to be able to grow her own food for her family. solange has been able to buy milk for her twins and they are growing stronger every day. they have all said that they are excited to have their own businesses and are excited to be able to send their children to school. a few have also told us that they want to teach their children how to sew too, so that they can have their own businesses in the future as well.
fidelity is as cute as ever! she does this adorable little bear walk and then slowwwwly stands to her feet.
in other news...please be praying for isaac. he has been sick for a few weeks and we can't figure out what is going on. all the tests have been inconclusive. we have him home from school this weekend (he is usually boarding), to try to figure it out.
just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped with our sew rwanda project. the response has been overwhelming, and we are excited to say that we raised enough money to buy each person her own machine! we also are going to have a little bit extra, and we are praying about different opportunities and ideas. we have a few ideas--maybe renting the ladies a spot in the market for a few months that they can take over once we leave. or maybe buying a small plot of land near the Bible study to be used as a community "garden" (where they can all come together and grow different foods for their families). once we have a plan, i will be sure to update!
thank you to: Carol, Kerrie, Amanda, and Deanne for hosting the parties. thank you also to angie, for donating
desserts; and to judy, for donating
; and to kathryn for donating
kids napkins; and to rebecca for donating cards from the
!!! and a big thank you to everyone who attended a party, made a purchase or donated; and those who are praying for the success of these ladies' new businesses! :)