The resourceful women of Rwanda have learned the craft of basket weaving at the knee of their mothers and grandmothers. For generations they have been creating intricately designed baskets for both utilitarian and decorative purposes, in assorted shapes and sizes.



Many of you may recall the horrors wrought by the 1994 Rwandan civil war which left the country in ruins and it population of approximately 11 million in abject poverty.

Tracy and Greg Stone are  a  couple  who decided they could make a difference. By created a non-profit organization to help address the many needs of these people, the basket weavers were helped to expand the markets for their beautiful woven products to far beyond Rwandan borders.

The proceeds from these baskets have enabled the African weavers to provide their families with basic necessities of food, clothing and health insurance and to pay school fees for their children. Raskess for Love and Healing  is a wonderfully inspiring story of Making a Difference – One Person at a Time.

You will meet the unspoken hero to this story soon.

This story will continue in the Tales2Inspire™ 


 Ruby Collection.

Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.


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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on May 15, 2012, in Authentic women, Making the World a Better Place, Peaceful Reflections, Tales2Inspire, The Many Dimensions of Beauty, Words to Inspire and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. It is a mercy from God. Life is sweet with thanksgiving!

  2. I am ashamed to say that the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan civil war have long left my mind. Maybe I watched it on the nightly news all those years ago; I can’t remember. Australia, my home, is considered the lucky country; we do not know of such atrocity on a large scale. Our population in Australia is under 22 million; approximately 11 million Rwandans have been left in despicable living circumstances. Tracy and Greg Stone are Earthly Angels who visited Rwanda and were touched by the humility of these women. Such a simple concept of basket weaving has created healing and a heart-line between this third-world country and us fortunate first-world countries. We do have a common bond though … we are all blessed and stronger for the connection. Thank you Tracy and Greg, and thank you Lois for reminding us of the power of one. xxx Dawn Alice

    • Der Dawn,

      It was so kind of you to take the time to respond to my article about the basket weavers of Rwanda and the wonderful couple who have dedicated time, heart and energy to helping them rebuild their lives. Yes, indeed the “power of one” is in strong evidence here. We should all keep this message in mind.
      Very best,
      P.S. I wonder if you have any inspiring stories to share? If so, please keep in touch.

      • I’m sure each and everyone of us would have inspiring stories Lois. When the subject and time presents itself, I will certainly consider it.

        xxx Dawn Alice

      • Well, I’m not sure ALL of us would have inspiring stories to share – not all look at life that way – but fortunately many people do. Look forward to hearing yours one day.

        Warm regards, Lois

  3. How absolutely heart wrenching, awe-inspiring, and courageous all at the same time does this video depict? Honestly, while we, as Dawn mentioned, in the western world can so casually go about our lives as if what happens to other human beings not in our sight does not matter, seems inhumane. Yet, it happens every day, does it not? What a wonderful outpouring of help and selflessness from Tracy and Greg to bring awareness back to these humbly courageous people. I know, for myself, I often think of the people who have put so much effort into their works of art when I am shopping and take note of where the piece was made. Seldom, shamefully, have I thought of the plight that may have gone along with their story. This has opened my eyes to a new dimension that I will certainly be more aware of.

    Thank you both to Tracy, Greg, and you, Lois for sharing such a touching story.
    Mary Romero

  4. Lois, that must have taken a lot of research, no question you’re a writer, with great skills.
    I share the interest and passion for the people of foreign lands. When the Rwanda tragedy happened I was caught up in one at home. However, very recently the storms in Haiti and a few other parts of the world had my attention. Especially how the Haitians were living day to day, but pretty well in a survivor’s standpoint. Now they can rebuild their country if they are allowed to.
    I was trained in sociology too and can appreciate family dynamics, no matter how different than ours they are. Great job!

    • Thank you Rob for your wonderful comment and interesting perspective. I see we are soul mates in interests. I have inviting people to enter my tales2inspire contest and this is only one example of the type stories I am searching for. I have many more posted on my blog. Do you think you have one your could contribute?

      If so, here are a few details:

      ee http://WWW.TALES2INSPIRE.COM for all details, how to’s and what if’s!Contest Name: TALES2INSPIRE
      LENGTH OF TALE: Maximum 1200 words
      DEADLINE DATE: listed as Feb. 29 2012, but I will extend that until mid March due to site being offline for most of this week.
      This is an authors helping authors project so you will see lots of platform building opportunities for those who submit.

      If this interests you a bit, please go to http://WWW.TALES2INSPIRE.COM and be sure to click on the GREEN CONTINUE button at the bottom of each screen to get all the info, how to’s and what if’s!

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