For most of us, jewelry is a classy embellishment. For Brigitte Nyampinga, making jewelry is an escape from the Rwandan Genocide and a method of dealing with HIV+.
Her story is unbelievable, but not unique. Same Sky (www.samesky.com) strives to create employment opportunities for women struggling to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. With collectives based in Rwanda and the USA, Same Sky believes real change happens with the dignity of work and the freedom of being self-sufficient. Tapping into Same Sky Artisans’talent and potential and provide them with training and tools. Their Rwandan artisans earn 15 to 20 times the average wage in Sub Saharan Africa, and 100% of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ more artisans in need.