Since I joined Twitter towards the end of 2012 my eyes have been opened to a wealth of talented designers and beautiful products from around the globe.Most recently I have come across Happy Piece, which describes itself as "a socially conscious accessories brand" and sells woven baskets and jewellery made by skilled female artisans in Rwanda. By combining design with business it's aim is to empower these women, firstly by giving them an income in return for the skilfully handcrafted goods and also by providing education in numeracy, literacy and healthcare through the Aspire Rwanda charity.
Founder Isa Maria Seminega was inspired to set up Happy Piece after meeting the women at Aspire. They needed a platform through which to sell their wares and Isa Maria was keen to bring them to the attention of the world, filling a gap in the market by providing eco-friendly, yet colourful and bright products.
Each 'Happy Piece' is made using sustainable materials such as sisal and are available through the website, www.happypiece.com
All profits go towards helping the women of Rwanda rebuild their lives after the tragic genocide that has dominated the country's recent history. Buy a piece today and ensure their future is bright and happy.
Images courtesy of Happy Piece.