Amani supports women in crisis—and fair trade
We all love beautiful accessories at affordable prices—so what if you could have a gorgeous tote bag and support the efforts of marginalized and refugee women at the same time? Better yet, the cause also comes right back home to Chattanooga.
Amani ya Juu is not just the name of the organization. In Swahili, “Amani ya juu” means “peace from above,” and it is peace that they aim to bring to the women they employ. At centers in Chattanooga, Uganda and Kenya, women are mentored in skills such as sewing and bookkeeping to help them find meaning after experiencing traumas like war and other civil conflicts.
The women of Amani use bold African textiles to create everything from bags and scarves to towels and quilts. Jewelry, dishes, and handmade cards are also among the many options in their store, and all of the products are fair trade certified.
Reindeer figurines and Christmas ornaments are a reminder it’s not too early to start holiday shopping for your family and friends—or for yourself.
All of Amani ya Juu’s products can be viewed at their online store at amaniafrica.org, where you can also donate and volunteer to help with the organization.