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  1. This is beautiful Solange. She works with the @umucyosewingcooperative that Noonday partners with in Rwanda. Her story is full of devastation, heartbreak, and forgiveness. Her joy comes from the Lord and it radiates from her eyes and smile. It was such fun to talk, laugh, and dance with her yesterday. #noondayrwanda
    This is beautiful Solange. She works with the @umucyosewingcooperative that Noonday partners with in Rwanda. Her story is full of devastation, heartbreak, and forgiveness. Her joy comes from the Lord and it radiates from her eyes and smile. It was such fun to talk, laugh, and dance with her yesterday. #noondayrwanda
  2. Remember Serapia from my attempt to sew on the foot pedal? She invited us to her home today and smiled as she shared how her life before having consistent work with @noondaycollection was lonely and inconsistent in work and providing for the needs of her five children, two of whom are adopted from relatives who died in the genocide. On her wall was a sign that translated to "never tire of loving." She was shy when I first met her, but now she says (via translator) "you are my friend, you should stay longer." Oh how I wish I could! #noondaystyle #noondayrwanda #overgram @umucyosewingcooperative
    Remember Serapia from my attempt to sew on the foot pedal? She invited us to her home today and smiled as she shared how her life before having consistent work with @noondaycollection was lonely and inconsistent in work and providing for the needs of her five children, two of whom are adopted from relatives who died in the genocide. On her wall was a sign that translated to "never tire of loving." She was shy when I first met her, but now she says (via translator) "you are my friend, you should stay longer." Oh how I wish I could! #noondaystyle #noondayrwanda #overgram @umucyosewingcooperative
  3. If I've said it once I've said it many times: a smile doesn't have to be translated. While waiting as others had their hair and nails done, we chatted with these beautiful ladies of the @umucyosewingcooperative and @noondaycollection partner artisans about their past hardships and present hopes. We sang Amazing Grace and shared "Oohs and Ahhs" over the lookbook before heading to lunch together. This picture shows my reaction to Solange on the left tickling me while Night on the right egged her on. @jennaktanner said today "is this really our lives?" And all I could think was how @sriesen8 keeps saying "God is too good to us." This trip is overwhelming in all the best ways. Thanks for letting me #overgram it ☺️#noondayrwanda #noondaystyle
    If I've said it once I've said it many times: a smile doesn't have to be translated. While waiting as others had their hair and nails done, we chatted with these beautiful ladies of the @umucyosewingcooperative and @noondaycollection partner artisans about their past hardships and present hopes. We sang Amazing Grace and shared "Oohs and Ahhs" over the lookbook before heading to lunch together. This picture shows my reaction to Solange on the left tickling me while Night on the right egged her on. @jennaktanner said today "is this really our lives?" And all I could think was how @sriesen8 keeps saying "God is too good to us." This trip is overwhelming in all the best ways. Thanks for letting me #overgram it ☺️#noondayrwanda #noondaystyle
  4. Such a fun day! We spent the day with our girls from @umucyosewingcooperative - we surprised them with manicures and hairstyling. We had a traditional African buffet with them. And, then went and visited their homes. Thank you. For joining hands with me to allow me to come on this trip. In Fanny's words, "my dreams have come true." #noondayrwanda @noondaycollection
    Such a fun day! We spent the day with our girls from @umucyosewingcooperative - we surprised them with manicures and hairstyling. We had a traditional African buffet with them. And, then went and visited their homes. Thank you. For joining hands with me to allow me to come on this trip. In Fanny's words, "my dreams have come true." #noondayrwanda @noondaycollection
  5. Such a fun day!! We took the @umucyosewingcooperative ladies to the spa, went out to lunch with them, and then visited their homes! They dressed in their finest and were all smiles all day long! #noondayrwanda
    Such a fun day!! We took the @umucyosewingcooperative ladies to the spa, went out to lunch with them, and then visited their homes! They dressed in their finest and were all smiles all day long! #noondayrwanda
  6. So today @jenhollerjen and I baked a chocolate cake. From scratch (with no recipe). In a living room. In Africa. We were visiting the home of Asha, one of the @umucyosewingcooperative artisans and they kept saying they had a "surprise" for us! It turns out that the surprise was for us to bake a cake for Charlotte's baby Jessica (named after @jessicahonneger). You can imagine how well that went! 😂😂😂 #noondayrwanda #bestchocolatecakeever
    So today @jenhollerjen and I baked a chocolate cake. From scratch (with no recipe). In a living room. In Africa. We were visiting the home of Asha, one of the @umucyosewingcooperative artisans and they kept saying they had a "surprise" for us! It turns out that the surprise was for us to bake a cake for Charlotte's baby Jessica (named after @jessicahonneger). You can imagine how well that went! 😂😂😂 #noondayrwanda #bestchocolatecakeever
  7. This beautiful lady is Solange. This single mom of 5 has endured hardships in her life that most people can't imagine. But she is the most smiley, hopeful person, because she says that God gives her strength. She told me, "I am so thankful for @noondaycollection for helping me have this job. Before, my kids suffered so much from hunger and I could not pay school fees for all of them. Now because I am earning, they are well fed and they are all in school." #noondayrwanda
    This beautiful lady is Solange. This single mom of 5 has endured hardships in her life that most people can't imagine. But she is the most smiley, hopeful person, because she says that God gives her strength. She told me, "I am so thankful for @noondaycollection for helping me have this job. Before, my kids suffered so much from hunger and I could not pay school fees for all of them. Now because I am earning, they are well fed and they are all in school." #noondayrwanda
  8. Friends who have purchased @noondaycollection goodies and received them in amazing Rwandan fabric bags:: aren't you glad Serapia makes them instead of me? Foot pedals are hard y'all! #noondayrwanda #latergram
  9. Strike a pose...roomies in our African dresses. We've all decided to stay. We love you and will miss you all dearly. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday 📷 @jenhollerjen
    Strike a pose...roomies in our African dresses. We've all decided to stay. We love you and will miss you all dearly. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday 📷 @jenhollerjen
  10. Over the moon to make new friends at @umucyosewingcooperative! Love these women and their warmth, their strength, and their fierce skills! They are changing their stories and creating better lives for their kids. #girlpower #noondayrwanda #rwanda
    Over the moon to make new friends at @umucyosewingcooperative! Love these women and their warmth, their strength, and their fierce skills! They are changing their stories and creating better lives for their kids. #girlpower #noondayrwanda #rwanda
  11. Letting in the light #noondayrwanda
    Letting in the light #noondayrwanda
  12. Kigali skyline #theafricathemedianevershowsyou #noondayrwanda
    Kigali skyline #theafricathemedianevershowsyou #noondayrwanda
  13. Color, color, color #noondayrwanda
    Color, color, color #noondayrwanda
  14. It was a complete treasure to meet the women of @umucyosewingcooperative today. The language barrier was great but the love was fully understood. Emotions spilled out and hugs were in huge supply. Honored to be an ambassador, humbled to share their work with @noondaycollection customers and in awe of the Lord's providence in bringing each of us to this point. #noondayrwanda
    It was a complete treasure to meet the women of @umucyosewingcooperative today. The language barrier was great but the love was fully understood. Emotions spilled out and hugs were in huge supply. Honored to be an ambassador, humbled to share their work with @noondaycollection customers and in awe of the Lord's providence in bringing each of us to this point. #noondayrwanda
  15. 3 years ago when I first became a @noondaycollection ambassador, we celebrated the graduation of 11 ladies from sewing school in Rwanda. I've known their faces and names ever since, and shared their stories whenever I could! I've dreamed about visiting them and meeting them in person... And today that dream became a reality! One of them told us, "When I heard that there are women in the U.S. that speak for us, I could hardly believe it! And I dreamed about meeting you! We prayed for you every day and now that you are here, we know that God answers our prayers! Since we are working together, it will be a good future!" Thanks to YOUR orders, there are now 16 women who have jobs! But there are many more who would love to be a part of this family, and have this opportunity... #noondayrwanda
    3 years ago when I first became a @noondaycollection ambassador, we celebrated the graduation of 11 ladies from sewing school in Rwanda. I've known their faces and names ever since, and shared their stories whenever I could! I've dreamed about visiting them and meeting them in person... And today that dream became a reality! One of them told us, "When I heard that there are women in the U.S. that speak for us, I could hardly believe it! And I dreamed about meeting you! We prayed for you every day and now that you are here, we know that God answers our prayers! Since we are working together, it will be a good future!" Thanks to YOUR orders, there are now 16 women who have jobs! But there are many more who would love to be a part of this family, and have this opportunity... #noondayrwanda
  16. Such a treasure to meet the women of Umucyo co-op in #rwanda! I shared Grace's amazing story 2 1/2 years  ago as my first assignment on the #noondaycollection blog. Today I finally got to meet her and see her beautiful face! #noondayrwanda
    Such a treasure to meet the women of Umucyo co-op in #rwanda! I shared Grace's amazing story 2 1/2 years ago as my first assignment on the #noondaycollection blog. Today I finally got to meet her and see her beautiful face! #noondayrwanda
  17. Meeting the beautiful women of the @umucyosewingcooperative was a tremendous blessing! Hearing their stories and seeing their amazing skills in person was a gift. These women are our sisters and business partners! #noondayrwanda
    Meeting the beautiful women of the @umucyosewingcooperative was a tremendous blessing! Hearing their stories and seeing their amazing skills in person was a gift. These women are our sisters and business partners! #noondayrwanda
  18. Good morning from Rwanda! #noondayrwanda
    Good morning from Rwanda! #noondayrwanda
  19. #Repost @jenhollerjen
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Noodle ladies take Africa. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday
    #Repost @jenhollerjen ・・・ Noodle ladies take Africa. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday
  20. We visited the Rwanda Genocide Memorial today. Hearing the firsthand stories and seeing the photos of those times was heart-wrenching. It was surrounded by beautiful flowers which have always represented redemption to me. There was a quote that really got me:: "There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity." Yolanda Mukagasana #noondayrwanda
    We visited the Rwanda Genocide Memorial today. Hearing the firsthand stories and seeing the photos of those times was heart-wrenching. It was surrounded by beautiful flowers which have always represented redemption to me. There was a quote that really got me:: "There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity." Yolanda Mukagasana #noondayrwanda
  21. Waking up to this for the next week #noondayrwanda
    Waking up to this for the next week #noondayrwanda
  22. When you save a life, you save the world entire. {talmud} inscription on the wall of the genocide memorial. #noondayrwanda
    When you save a life, you save the world entire. {talmud} inscription on the wall of the genocide memorial. #noondayrwanda
  23. Beautiful fabrics on display #noondayrwanda
    Beautiful fabrics on display #noondayrwanda
  24. Hazy morning overlooking the hills of Rwanda! Slept well and now headed out for a day of exploring @africanewlife and the work they're doing! #noondayrwanda
    Hazy morning overlooking the hills of Rwanda! Slept well and now headed out for a day of exploring @africanewlife and the work they're doing! #noondayrwanda
  25. 24+ hours of travel. ✈️ But taking our first step into Africa. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday #isthisreallife
    24+ hours of travel. ✈️ But taking our first step into Africa. #noondayrwanda #fortheloveofnoonday #isthisreallife
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