Modeliste Magazine Cover Girl, Shay Mitchell, has partnered with Songa Designs for a give-back campaign working to empower women, their families and surrounding communities.Support Women empowerment
Have you ever felt like, despite fulfilling lofty goals, you’re living the life expected of you, not the one intended for you?
We live in a world of busyness, where accomplishments are measured by how full your calendar is, not how meaningful your life is. So we continue to say “yes" without saying "no" to that creeping feeling of unfulfillment.
Now you know it's too big a risk to continue pushing things that matter to you to another day. You want to feel connected to something bigger than you. Today. You want to make a lasting impact before it's too late. What’s really missing is you want to feel alive again.
At Songa, we've also questioned if we are living our purpose.
“Songa” means “the path forward” in Swahili.
Our founder, Sarah, discovered her path towards self-discovery, meaning and transformation when she first visited Rwanda in 2009. She planned a two-week volunteer trip yet seven years later she's still working with the cooperatives! Her leap from a comfortable corporate career in commercial real estate landed her into an inspiring new life doing what she is passionate about: empowering under-resourced women to create better lives for themselves.
The thing is, it’s hard to find something that shares with the world what you’re passionate about. Something that expresses your gratitude and provides you with an opportunity to make a truly lasting impact on another life.
We want to connect you to a greater purpose. Instead of staying uninspired and stuck, we invite you to become part of a meaningful experience where you feel empowered knowing you’re empowering another woman to transform her life into something greater. Through our high-quality, eco-friendly designs meticulously handwoven by Rwandan artisans, you will look stunning while feeling part of something that supports other women.
Every design puts extraordinary artisan women on their own path towards economic independence, increased confidence and a better life for themselves and their families.
So you’re not just acquiring something vibrant and beautifully made that speaks to a purpose-driven life. You’re not just getting a striking accent piece that makes your outfit or your living room. You’re crossing your arms against mass-produced “faux exotic” and raising your hand to be part of something massively great.
When we embrace our beautiful lives, we encourage others to dream bigger. It is then when we can confidently say, “Yes, I truly lived."
My work means a lot to me, it means security and dignity. I used to rely on my husband to meet my needs in the past, which made him think of me as a useless person. From the money I earn from weaving, I can meet my needs without my husband. I used to feel useless and vulnerable but now things have changed. My husband respects me now.
I am happier and feel more valuable than before.
-Thamar, sisal leaf weaverbrowse artisan stories
A whole crew of us traveled to Rwanda in January to do a safari photo shoot with popular actress and model Shay Mitchell. We are beyond excited to share the spread with you and the gorgeous pictures that feature our designs!Check out Feature