The AmaniDC staff was busy last weekend! We appeared at the H Street Festival and were also invited to sell and be guest speakers at the Washington DC Green Festival. See this link to read the rest of the article and here to find out more about the Green Festival! Also, do you have or know of an event where you’d like to see an AmaniDC sale? Feel free to let us know about it by emailing email@example.com.
“When Elizabeth O’Connell, Green America’s campaigns director, invited Claire Wickland of Alta Gracia and Megan McManus of Amani DC to speak on the ethical apparel panel at the DC Green Festival, she didn’t realize one key commonality embedded in the names of their organizations. “Alta Gracia,” it turns out, means “high grace,” in Spanish, while “Amani Ya Juu” (parent organization of Amani DC) means “a higher peace” in Swahili. It makes sense, once you know the missions of the organizations involved.
AMANI YA JUU: The DC outlet of Amani Ya Juu sells fairly traded items from Africa in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of northwest DC. Megan McManus explained how the primary hub for Amani Ya Juu, in Nairobi, brings together women from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, South Sudan, and other parts of Africa, and gives them an opportunity to make a living. The women of Amani Ya Juu are survivors of ethnic conflict who have become displaced from their homeland. Amani Ya Juu offers them an opportunity to work alongside women in similar situations, sometimes including members of rival groups, who are able to start afresh, build unity, and make peace. After five years with the group, women are given the opportunity to start a new Amani Ya Juu in their home country, with an investment from the parent group. McManus says the Amani DC outlet is now beginning to replicate that model amongst low-income and underserved populations here in the nation’s capital.”
See the video here (Meagan start around minute 23).