“same sky,” empowering women

Economically empower a woman—you change her, her family, her community, her country… and eventually, the social & economic fabric of the entire world.

On Inside Edition last night, not a program I usually sit and watch, more like I glance at the screen as I’m walking through the living room. When something is of interest though, I’ll sit on the edge of the closest chair. If it’s worth watching, I may settle in for a few minutes. Mention of “Same Sky,” an organization that helps empower the women of Rwanda caught my eye. So I gave my full attention to the broadcast.

In 1994, 800,000 Rwandans were massacred. During this genocide, women were enslaved as sex victims. As a result they were inflicted with the HIV virus. Bearing children, these new mothers were unable to care for their offspring because they suffered the effects of the disease. Filmmaker Francine Le Franc was moved to help these women help themselves, and their families. Le Franc began “Same Sky,” a cooperative wherein the women learned to crochet. With their newfound skill, they were able to make beaded jewelry. The necessary tools are shipped from the U.S., and the finished pieces shipped back for sale in retail stores, and at home parties, and trunk shows. 100%of the proceeds are put back into the business, thereby enabling more women the opportunity to participate.

Le Franc decided “Same Sky” was a befitting name for the business venture, because ALL women live under the same sky. “They see the same stars and the same moon. Every woman. One dream.” TV host Deborah Norville remarked, “And they’re sold for a profit. This is not a charity operation.” Le Franc added “It’s a trade initiative, not an aid initiative. It’s a hand up, not a hand out.”

Check out the SAME SKY website for further information, and see familiar faces, like those below, who have joined in supporting the cause. The jewelry may be a little pricey for most of us, but for an extra special gift, they might just work. Nonetheless, we can join in celebrating the self-liberating, empowerment of these women of Rwanda…hugmamma.

Halle Berry in Seafoam     

Goldie Hawn in Butterscotch and Jade Green

Ben Affleck in Men's Wrap

Katie Couric in Clear Sky

Ann Curry in Caviar

Chelsea Clinton in Seafoam

Fran Dresher in Fire Red

Meryl Streep in Starry Night

Queen Latifah in Chocolate Brownie

Jesse Jackson in Men's Wrap

Joan Collins in Fire Red and Starry Night

Geena Davis in Sky Blue

Donna Karen in Fire Red (photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

2 thoughts on ““same sky,” empowering women

  1. I vacationed in Jamaica and on a cultural tour I met a woman who is helping the locals to raise and export produce. She is also teaching the women to make dresses for the tourists so they can support themselves. One amazingly strong woman helping to empower other amazingly strong women. Blog post in the making.


    • Wonderful story. I’ll be on the lookout for your post. We’re definitely kindred souls in our compassion for those less fortunate, and those trying to make a difference. We may only be 2 voices in helping to get the message out, but it’s empowering nonetheless.

      By the way, hubby thinks my comment situation is not a true spam problem. He feels it might be more an issue with wordpress’ system. From what I’ve seen in their own info, and another blog site, wordpress is doing some tweaking. So maybe what’s happened to my comments has to do with their tweaking, although their staff is who told me to check with Akismet about being spammed. They did have a problem previously where someonelse’s dashboard info, “ecopress, ended up on my dashboard. At first wordpress told me to clear my computer of cookies. But even after I did that, “eccopress” was still on my dashboard. Finally wordpress staff emailed me and said it was a problem on their end, which they eventually resolved. All this is too much for my senior brain. 🙂

      All I can say is thanks for being there for me throughout this ordeal. Again, life’s too short.

      huge hugs for being a great blog buddy…hugmamma. 🙂 😉


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