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              RWA N D A


         166u                469u                  100% of our
                                                   profit goes
                                                   to supporting
                                                   relief and
                                                   development                                       winter 2007

                                                   work amongst
                                                   the Rwandan

The Rwanda Basket Company • 12420 N.E. Seventh Place • Bellevue, WA 98005
     888.893.9914 • www.rwandabaskets.com • info@rwandabaskets.com
                                                                            Spring/Summer 2008

                                                                                   RWA N D A

     Changing lives
                         one basket at a time.

                                                                                     The beautiful Rwandan baskets in this catalog are the result
                                                                                     of the work of some of the most courageous and hardworking
                                                                                     women in the world … women who are overcoming incred-
                                                                                     ible odds to provide for themselves and their families. Each
                                                                                     basket is a one-of-a-kind work of art that will not only make
                                                                                     a beautiful addition to any home or office … but will at the
                                                                                     same time literally help to change the life of one impoverished
                                                                                     weaver and her family in Rwanda.

                                                                                     Whether you come to this catalog as a customer or a
                                                                                     consultant, you can be confident that we are offering you
                                                                                     baskets of the highest quality and design standards … you
                                                                                     can also be confident that your dollars are going directly
                                                                                     to the women who are making these beautiful products. In
                                                                                     addition to paying each weaver individually for her baskets,
                                                                                     100% of our after operations profits goes to supporting relief
                                                                                     and development work amongst the Rwandan people.

                                                                                     So thank you for taking the time to look through our catalog
                                                                                     and see how you can make a difference in the life of a weaver
                                                                                     … one basket at a time!


                                                 Fruit basket sold on page 3.
                                                                                     Greg & Tracy Stone
                                                 Cathedral basket sold on page 11.   Co-founders, The Rwandan Basket Company

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                                                               Made of sisal and sweet
Fruit baskets
           Beau tiful handmade works of art
                                                               grass grown naturally in Rwanda,

                                                               these sturdy and beautifully-woven

                                                               baskets will make a lovely and

                                                               useful addition to your home. Each

                                                               basket takes a week for a weaver

                                              B   E            to make and stands approximately

                                                               3" high and 12" across. Available

                                                               in a variety of beautiful patterns

                                                               and colors.

                                                               A. Tea-Stained with Black
                                                                  (partially displayed on opposite page)
                                                                  Item #FB0017 $40.00

                                                               B. Tea-Stained and Black
                                                                  Item #FB001 $40.00

                                                               C. Black and Tea
                                                                  Item #FB002 $40.00
                                              C   F
                                                               D. Tea-Stained and Red
                                                                  Item #FB003 $40.00

                                                               E. Red and Tea
                                                                  Item #FB004 $40.00
                                                               F. White and Red
                                                                  Item #FB005 $40.00

                                                               G. Gold and White
                                                                  Item #FB006 $40.00

                                              D   G

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                                                                   H. Black and White
                                                                      Item #FB0012 $40.00

                                                                   I. Tea-Stained and Black
                                                                      Item #FB0012T $40.00

                                                                   J. Black with White
                                                                      Item #FB0015 $40.00

                                                                   K. Tea-Stained and Black
                                                  H   I               Item #FB0015T $40.00

meet a
                                                                   “The money I make
                                                                   from basket weaving

Epiphania                                                          has really helped my

Epiphania is 39 years old. Her husband threw
                                                                   family. I am able to
her out of the house with their four children                      buy clothes for my
whom she now cares for on her own. In
addition to the care of her children, Epiphania                    children and buy
cares for a 90-year-old neighbor who can no
                                                                   health insurance now.
longer care for himself. “The only means I
have to provide for myself and my family is                        I can even send my
through farming my small plot and through
selling my baskets. Through the baskets I sell
                                                                   children to school.
I am able to pay school fees for my children,                      Thank you for buying
to buy them their uniforms, to pay for health
insurance for myself and my children and to                        my baskets—You have
take care of our household needs and the
                                                                   truly brought me joy!”
needs of my neighbor. Thanks to my baskets
I am now able to get away from the great                           —Immaculate, 31 year old mother of 6
loneliness I felt and do something positive for
myself and my family!”

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Have a party!                                                                                                                L. Tea with Black and Burgundy
                                                                                                                                Item #FB0011 $40.00

                                                                                                                             M. Tea-Stained and Black
                                                                                                                                Item #FB007 $40.00

                                                                                                                             N. Tea-Stained with Black
                                                                                                                                Item #FB0013 $40.00


                                                                                                                             The Rwanda
                                                                                                                             Basket Company
                                                                                                                             works directly
                                                                                                                             with the weavers
                                                                                                                              to return the
                                                                                                                             highest profit
Host a Rwanda                            Introduce your family, friends and coworkers to beautiful
                                                                                                                             to these
                                         handmade Rwandan baskets while at the same time earning
         Basket Party                    exclusive hostess rewards for yourself. It’s as simple as inviting a                impoverished
       at your home,                     few friends and family over for coffee and dessert and enjoying
    work or church.                      an evening of basket buying that will literally change the lives of

                                         impoverished weavers and their children in Rwanda. To find
      Earn exclusive                     out how you can be a part of this great opportunity, contact

          hostess gifts!                 your consultant or the Rwanda Basket Company.

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                                                                     Trivets                      simple & refined
O. White and Black (12" across)
   Item #FB0010 $40.00

P. Small Fruit Bowl
   Rose and White (7" across)
   Item #SF001 $15.00
Q. Small Lidded Basket
   Black and White (7" across)                         S
   Item #LB001 $35.00
                                         O     R
R. Black and White Flower
   Trivet (10–12" across)
   Item #TB002 $15.00 each

S. Black and White Starburst
   Trivet (10–12" across)

                                                                    meet a
   Item #TB001 $15.00 each

100% of our                                                         weaver
profit goes to
supporting                               P
                                                                    I am 35 years old and a widow. I have many
                                                                    children that I am caring for on my own. I am

relief and                                                          a farmer, a cattle keeper and now a weaver.
                                                                    When my husband was still alive, I just took

development                                                         care of the family farm and the cattle. But
                                                                    after my husband was killed, I learned to

work amongst
                                                                    weave baskets. These baskets help me to
                                                                    provide for my family and also help to fight my
                                                                    great loneliness by working closely with other
the Rwandan                                                         women. I’ve learned to be a good weaver and
                                                                    the money I get from selling my baskets now
people.                                                             allows me to help solve many of my family’s
                                                                    financial problems.

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                                                                                                 These beautiful handcrafted
Cathedral baskets
              B e au t i f u l d e s i g n s … e xq u i s i t e q ua l i t y
                                                                                                 cathedral baskets have been a

                                                                                                 part of the Rwandan culture for

                                                                                                 centuries. Woven from fibers

                                                                                                 harvested from the sisal leaf,

                                                                                                 Rwanda’s women learned to

                                                                                                 weave these beautiful baskets

                                                                                                 at the hand of their mothers

                                                                                                 and grandmothers, carrying

                                                                                                 on a tradition that continues to

                                                                                                 be passed down from generation
                                                                               A   C             to generation.

                                                                                                 Each exquisitely-woven cathedral

                                                                                                 basket takes approximately a week

                                                                                                 for a weaver to make and stands

                                                                                                 between 10"–12" high and is

                                                                                                 available in a variety of beautiful

                                                                                                 patterns and colors.

                                                                                                 A. Red and White
                                                                                                    Item #CT001 $38.00

                                                                                                 B. Tea and Black
                                                                                                    Item #CT002 $38.00

                                                                                                 C. White and Red
                                                                                                    Item #CT003 $38.00

                                                                                                 D. White and Black
                                                                                                    Item #CT004 $38.00
                                                                               B   D

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E. Gold and White                                               “Selling my baskets has
   Item #CT005 $38.00
                                                                helped me to achieve
F. White, Brown and Black
   Item #CT006 $38.00                                           so much. I can now
G. Tea-Stained and Black                                        provide for my young
   Small Cathedral (5" high)
   Item # SB001 $25.00                                          daughter and three
                                          G       G
H. Tea-Stained and Rose                                         orphaned sisters with
   Small Cathedral (5" high)
   Item #SB002 $25.00                                           the money I make from
I. Red and White Christmas                                      selling my baskets …
   Ornaments (3"–4" high)
   Item #OB001 $15.00/set of 3                                  I am so grateful to be
                                                                a weaver!”—Alphonsine, age 24


                                                                      Ornaments   a d d h o l i day c h e e r
                                          F       I

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