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Our Story

How it Started

The idea for New Life Threads came from a family that travelled to Rwanda in 2010 and saw first-hand the incredible impact Africa New Life was having as they worked to provide jobs, dignity and hope to families in extreme poverty. They met genocide survivors that missed out on an education. They met single moms hungry for a way to provide for their families. They saw the smiles on 70 ladies that were being taught how to sew, given counseling, and the support they needed to create meaningful change in their lives. They were inspired to help. They believed that families in America would like to buy the beautiful items these tailors made. When they did, jobs would be created and more families could be lifted out of poverty in sustainable ways. Your support brings this idea to life.


Our Dream. Our mission

Our dream is to help countless women and children in Rwanda move from a position of vulnerability to a place of thriving. New Life Threads brings dignity, life, love and hope to vulnerable women and families in developing countries. Dignity comes through meaningful work. Life is sparked as these tailors are able to provide food, housing, education and medical care for their families. Love blossoms as they see people appreciate their talents and care enough to support them. All of this fuels hope as cycles of poverty are broken.


The “Get Involved” section of this site has more information on ways you can help. We’re also open to your suggestions. Perhaps you have a store where you can sell our products? Perhaps you want to host a party to sell items? Perhaps you have other ideas? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at or call 503-897-0052.


Thank you for sewing hope into the heart of Africa!