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Introducing Handspun Knits

In search of cozy new trends, just in time for fall? Look no further than our new line of beautiful knit sweaters handspun with heart in the hills of Rwanda!

Our new line of hand-knit fisherman sweaters was made in partnership with Handspun Hope—a True Vineyards Ministries initiative that helps women in Musanze, Rwanda lift themselves out of poverty by spinning local sheep’s wool into high-quality, 100 percent organic merino yarn.

Handspun Hope employs 44 women, most of whom are widows, who spin, dye, and knit locally-harvested sheep’s wool by hand at an artisan cooperative in Rwanda. The sheep are raised on a breathtaking farm, located nearby at the foot of Rwanda’s Virunga mountains. There, the sheep are cared for night and day by a devoted shepherd named Faustin.

Once every eight months, Faustin shears the sheep’s wool (a process that does not hurt the sheep in any way) and brings it to the artisans’ cooperative where the women turn it into yarn. First, they triple-wash it clean and pick out any grass or debris that may remain. They then de-tangle the wool, comb out the fibers, and feed them into a spinning wheel, making one ply of yarn at a time. 

Once the yarn is ready, the women dye it by hand using local plant, flower, and vegetable material— like eucalyptus leaves, local flora, avocado, and onion skins—that they often pick on their way to work in the morning. The final result is soft, high-quality merino yarn that is naturally-made, beautifully-dyed, 100 percent organic, and eco-friendly from start to finish. 

We absolutely love the quality, texture, and rustic aesthetic of Handspun Hope’s yarn and are so excited to launch our new line of fisherman sweaters, all hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-knit by Handspun Hope’s artisans!  

To shop our new line of adult knit sweaters, click here.

SAMPLE SALE

Join us on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd for a special, two-day sample sale! Swing by and shop one-of-a-kind baskets, home décor, and accessories- all handmade by our artisan partners in Rwanda and Ghana.

Gatagara Collection

Introducing our new collection of hand crafted ceramics & loomed alpaca accessories.

The Gatagara Collection

Behind the design

Our new collection of ceramic products are handmade by a group of 12 artisans at Gatagara Pottery in Rwanda. After shaping the product, the artisans let the clay dry for 2-3 weeks before applying glaze and baking them in a kiln. From design to finished product, the ceramic-making process takes about one month to complete!

Why we love them

The distinctive handmade quality makes each piece of pottery unique and timeless.

Alpaca Loomed Accessories

Behind the design

Our new line of alpaca scarves and throws are hand-loomed by our artisan partners at Isano Cooperative in Rwanda. The artisans carefully prepare and loom the yarn using two different looming machines. After the scarves have been loomed, the women take care to trim the fringe and sew the ends. The result? A line of uniquely beautiful scarves handwoven with love from Rwanda.

Why we love them

Our yarn is sourced and spun from 100%  alpaca wool, making this collection of soft, high-quality scarves and throws a beautiful addition to any fall wardrobe or home update.

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We’re Going Back-To-School!

When: Tuesday, September 5th – Tuesday, September 19th Why: To raise critical support for our education programs and artisan partners in Rwanda & Ghana!

At Indego Africa, we believe women and youth hold the key to long-term empowerment and social change. That’s why we provide the educational resources and business opportunities they need to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and future generations. 

Since 2007, our customized education and innovative business training programs have helped women artisans in Africa grow and scale their own businesses, become empowered entrepreneurs, and drive economic growth in their communities.

In 2015, we expanded our education programs to include Vocational Training for young women seeking career paths in the artisan sector, and Technology Training for young people in the communities where we work.  Over the last two years, we’ve continued to grow our successful education programs for artisans and launch groundbreaking new initiatives to empower youth, refugees, and women across Rwanda & Ghana!

Our Refugee Vocational & Business Training Program is creating livelihoods opportunities for Burundian refugees and their families at the Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda.

Our new Young Leaders Academy is providing the next generation of Rwandan entrepreneurs with the advanced business and technology skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Over the past 10 years, Indego Africa’s innovative model to provide women and youth with access to markets and education has proven highly effective at improving artisan livelihoods.

- In 2008, 100% of Indego's artisan partners fell below the International Poverty Line (making less than $1.00/day)

- By 2016, 89% of Indego's artisan partners were earning more than $2.00/day

To sustain this momentum—and empower generations of African entrepreneurs for years to come—we need your help!

From today through September 19th, we will be running our 4th Annual Back-to-School Campaign to raise support for our education programs in Rwanda & Ghana! We will be sharing personal stories and program updates over these two weeks to showcase why your support is so critical to our artisan partners across Africa.

Click HERE to support Indego Africa’s Back-to-School Campaign

Donations can also be made by check to Indego Africa and mailed to 51 W. 52nd St. Suite 2300 New York, NY 10019.

Thank you for helping to create life-changing opportunities for women and youth across Africa!