Celebrating 15 Years of Amani ya Juu!

We are proud to announce that this summer marks Amani’s 15th anniversary! It has been an amazing journey, and we are excited to continue growing and learning about creating peace through sustainable development, empowering women, and working together. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we will be highlighting various aspects of our work and history for the next few weeks.

To kick it off, here a few photos from Amani’s past. Enjoy a stroll down Amani’s memory lane!

KENYA

The original center in Nairobi, Kenya…

The front side of Amani's original chapel in Kenya
Inside the old chapel in Kenya
Tie and dye back when it was a much simpler operation (Kenya)
An early photo of the Amani ladies in Kenya

Fast forward to the Pamoja House…

Amani's Pamoja House, the lovely building where Kenya's different departments are housed. Pamoja means "together" in Swahili.
Ladies working in the Pamoja House
Scaled up tie and dye operations
More customers means dying more fabric!

Just a few of the beautiful faces of Amani…

Goreth, Burundi Country Director, trains in Kenya before returning to her homeland
Maggie, one of our well loved shop keepers (Kenya)
Josephine, a long time member of Amani Kenya from Congo
Fidelia training on the expresso machine at the Garden Cafe in Kenya
Keleme, one of the many beautiful faces to have graced Amani over the years (Kenya)

A look at a few “vintage” Amani products…

The original Amani kikoy dolls
The Nyama Choma (Roasted Meat) Apron (Kenya)
Classic Tote (Kenya)
Sunglasses Cases (Kenya)
An earlier versions of Christmas stockings (Kenya)

Amani Watoto Highlights

Over the years we have hosted many Amani Watoto kids camps (Kenya)
Recording the Amani Watoto song (Kenya)

RWANDA

Becky Chinchen, Amani's founder and Executive Director, works with some of the founding members of Amahoro ava Hejuru, a sister center in Rwanda
Sharing a meal at Amahoro ava Hejuru (Rwanda)
Dying fabric (Rwanda)
Jeanne and Beata (Rwanda)

BURUNDI

The women of Amahoro ava M'ijuru, the Amani center in Burundi
Goreth, Burundi Country Director, is a mother to many!
Burundi's fun Market Totes with wooden handles
Greeting visitors (Burundi)

LIBERIA

Our newest sisters in Liberia
Some of the new ladies working together in Liberia
Angelique finishing up a Betty apron
Sporting a Betty apron and cooking lunch for the women at Amani Liberia
The future site of Amani Liberia
Final walk of the models at the Sankofa fashion show (Liberia)

WASHINGTON, DC

The Amani DC staff in front of the shop in 2008
Inside the Amani DC shop
Julia shows off the DC warehouse
Mary, a friend from Kenya, came to play in the DC shop
The DC staff enjoy a visit with Becky Chinchen, Amani's executive director and founder

… That’s all, for now.

Thanks to everyone who has given Amani their support through the years. It’s been a blessing to reflect on the last 15 years and think about the people we have partnered with and the ways we have grown and changed.

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4 thoughts on “Celebrating 15 Years of Amani ya Juu!

  1. God bless you all! I used to shop at Amani ya Juu when I lived in Nairobi and still today I use several of those items every day! Recently I bought more of your products, and my dear friend Elizabeth and her daughters Rahab and Hilda work there now in your Nairobi facility–an answer to prayer! I praise God for you all!
    Linda

  2. I was surprised to see myself in a photo of the early Amani ladies in Kenya. I have fond memories of working with the Amani ladies in 1999-2000 when we lived in Nairobi and also several shorter trips since then. Congratulations on 15 years of sewing peace through the eye of a needle.

  3. I visited Amani ya Juu for the first time in 1998, and have enjoyed sharing their products ever since. I still use the beautiful big doll the Amani women made me for my music classes in 2000! She has been loved by hundreds of children, and has been an ambassador for the children of Kenya – over 30 children have been sponsored and many Amani products sold. Becky, you and all the Amani women are an inspiration. Congratulations on this milestone!

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