30 Sep '16, 5am

Aprons Signal Starbucks Support for Rwandan Cooperative

Aprons Signal Starbucks Support for Rwandan Cooperative

Two years ago, Anne Schipper came home to Amsterdam from a trip to the Ineza Cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda, with a colorful, quilted apron. She also returned with a promise to herself to share the stories of the women who created her apron and others like it. Aprons are among the signature products of the 25-member women’s sewing cooperative, which is also known for its handmade bags, accessories and home-décor items. Many of the women are survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Founded in 2006, the Ineza Cooperative , which employs collective decision-making and management, provides HIV-positive women with income, emotional support and opportunities for continuing education. “The amazing vibe of the women – their happiness, pride, power, courage and love – was impressive,” recalled Schipper, who is Starbucks operations manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “I...

Full article: https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-supports-rwanda...

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