This year has been a very difficult one for all of humanity. It has not treated us kindly and it exposed our vulnerabilities at an unprecedented scale. It also brought us together in more meaningful ways, the old saying “distance makes the heart grow fonder” is certainly true.
This article is a bit different from the other ones. It is a part of a series of three which try to bring some feeling of holiday goodwill by encouraging all of you to think about bringing joy to people beyond your families. To this end, I want to mention three different, small scale women-led businesses, which produce hand-made gifts and products permeated with Kosovo’s cultural heritage.
The first one is Sa-Punë – twelve rural and minority community women produce tote bags, bookmarks and greetings cards incorporating silver filigree charms, and lavender bags with recycled material. See the lovely gifts here.
I love the initiative which not only supports these women to create decent lives for themselves and their families but requires that their children attend school. The idea is to provide these vulnerable families with a chance for a better life.