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FROM RWANDA, WITH LOVE. a trade-not-aid initiative that provides employment to HIV positive women in Africa. Founded in 2008, Same Sky’s inaugural project sought to empower HIV positive women survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. They started with six artisans. Now with over 60 artisans and efforts in Zambia, as well as Rwanda, Same Sky continues to explore opportunities for empowering women around the world. Same Sky offers women the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and lead self-sustaining lives by not only implementing artisan training but also access to a viable platform for the sale and distribution of their products. Same Sky nurtures a business to build a future.

Same Sky artisans have mastered the art of crocheting exquisite glass beaded jewellery, which earns them a sustainable income. One that is significantly higher than the average wage of women in subSaharan Africa.

“Since joining Same Sky, I’ve earned an income for food, healthcare & school uniforms for my three children. Now I feel healthy, social and more secure about my future.” Same Sky Artisan Speciose

“Economically empower a woman — you change her, her family, her community, her country… and eventually, the social & economic fabric of the entire world.” Same Sky Founder Francine LeFrak

Same Sky (brochure)  

The brochure that got me an internship at Same Sky. While I was in New York June 2011 I worked at Same Sky for a week. I organised this phot...