As Valentine’s Day approaches, I can’t help but think about what love really looks like. Here at Karama, love comes in various forms. It looks like the hands of individuals across the world working hard to provide for their families. It looks like the smiles of children and teens in Africa who get to experience the life-changing love of Jesus at Young Life Camp. It looks like the hearts of women who spend countless hours pouring into Karama’s mission... alleviating poverty by sharing dignity through creative, purposeful work for artisans.
Love looks like the hands behind the beauty
Love looks like these Karama Mamas, as we call them, who bring their time and their talents to work behind-the-scenes, never expecting recognition. I see their love for God, Karama, and one another in action as they faithfully pray for the artisans, gently care for each unique Karama piece, and constantly encourage each other.
Barbara Jo May, a cherished volunteer of 3 years, chooses to volunteer at Karama because she enjoys helping the artisans support their families. “For them to be able to use their God-given talents and also be able to provide for their loved ones is a great thing,” shares Barbara Jo.
Through Barbara Jo's eyes, love at Karama looks like “spending time serving others, making it possible for those in Africa to learn about God’s love.” She believes not only in supporting artisans and small business growth, but in Karama's commitment to donate proceeds to Young Life Africa, a relational ministry sharing love with thousands of African teens in 24 countries.
In addition, Barbara Jo values the special friendships that she has made. “I enjoy coming and being with all of the sweet ladies. I’ve made some wonderful new friends,” shares Barbara Jo. She knows that the same types of friendships are being formed across the globe at tables where products are made.
To the volunteers of Karama, love looks like the hands that are behind the beauty...These women see the way artisans have crafted their pieces to be unique and individualized. They recognize the artisans’ value, abilities, and creativity.
Love looks like shared dreams
The lovely jewelry, linens, and leather bags come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are handmade by artisans who dared to dream of a better life…
Dreams are being fulfilled and lives are being changed by the good work that God is doing through His people at Karama. Every Karama Mama can feel these dreams embedded in the fresh smells of leather, intricately honed bullet beads, and precisely woven threads of the Ethiopian cotton hand towels.
Love looks like you!
When you purchase a handmade Karama piece, you are making a lasting impact by supporting many faces across the world. When you recognize the innate value in others and choose to spend your time and talents to further God’s kingdom, love looks like you!
Shop Karama this Valentine’s Day ❤