I’ve just come across this amazing project Happy Piece, founded by Isa Maria Seminega. I’m happy to share this story, as it’s near and dear to any crafter’s heart.
After traveling to Rwanda, Isa Maria made the decision to start this project to help empower women in Rwanda. She is helping fill a need to provide tools and sell the wares created. All profits go back towards education and training for women in need.
“Happy Piece began as the continuation of The Empowerment Project, a fundraising initiative started by Isa Maria Seminega to provide sewing supplies for women at the charity, Aspire Rwanda. The goal was to provide tools that they could use to develop their seamstress and craft enterprises. You can read more about that project here. After meeting with the women at Aspire, Isa Maria knew that more could be done to help. The women were creating beautiful products but had limited means to sell them so Isa Maria worked out a plan to bring these products and their skills to the attention of the world! By the time she left Rwanda, the idea for Happy Piece was born.”