Thank you all for supporting our philanthropic collaboration with Indego Africa, a partnership aimed at empowering and employing the women of Rwanda. With each dannijo.com order, we send you a jewelry pouch crafted by female artisans of Rwanda. While we love seeing how you wear and style your DANNIJO jewels, we couldn’t get enough of how one DANNIJO customer (@hillzy) styled her jewelry pouch. Check out her new Kindle cover.
It’s not everyday we have visitors over for breakfast, so we did it up for this morning’s visitors who travelled all the way from Rwanda to join us. You may remember us talking about Indego when we first introduced the DANNIJO x Indego Africa collaboration.
Today we had the honor of meeting the two women from the Cocoki cooperative, Therese and Emelienne, who make our gorgeous DANNIJO pouches that you receive when you order something from DANNIJO.com. We told them all about how we built our brand and gave them some guidance as women entrepreneurs.
They shared stories about their background and discussed their goals. We even had a handsome Rwandan translator, Yves, who happens to be Indego’s accountant. It was quite the morning over here. But the best part of the whole breakfast was the design discussion. We came up with some sick concepts for 2012 that employ the use of indigenous Rwandan elements, (think African masks, horn and colorful textiles) so stay tuned…
Thanksgiving started early at the DANNIJO office when the team headed out to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. We spent the day volunteering with Feeding NYC, a non-profit organization doing important work here in New York. Every year, volunteers come together to pack food and hand-deliver meals to shelters in the community. When Danielle and Jodie heard about the initiative, they recruited the entire office to volunteer. Feeding NYC was set to deliver a whopping 8,000 meals this year, and we at team DANNIJO wanted to do our part to help.
We delivered 281 turkey dinners with our team, and hope to do even more next year. Thank you to Feeding NYC for the work that you do, and to all the other volunteers that we met today for the great team work. We were thrilled to participate and be part of this day. We hope that you will join team DANNIJO next year… until then, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!