If you follow my Snapchat (user: megbiram) or read every word of every post I write, then you know I’m leaving for Rwanda this weekend. (!!!) I’m going with kate spade new york and I wanted to explain a little bit about why I’m going so that as you see my snaps, tweets, and Instagram posts while I’m there, you’ll have some context.
First of all — pinch me. I am beyond honored to be one of the lucky content creators they’ve asked to come on this trip with them. I’ve had a long, wonderful relationship with kate spade new york since my early days of blogging, and they’ve done nothing but treat me well. But this, this is just beyond amazing, and I don’t take these opportunities lightly.
I’ve been working hard at my website for eight years, and I must say that this trip will probably be one of the most memorable of my life. When people ask me about my passion for traveling, they typically ask me where I want to go. My answer is always — everywhere. I really mean it. I really do want to go just about everywhere that I haven’t been (that’s safe enough to travel to).
So why are we going? kate spade new york has a collection called on purpose that is created in Rwanda. It’s hand-crafted by 158 artisans in the town of Masoro, Rwanda, and we are going to meet the artisans, experience the community, and enjoy the culture.
In addition to that, we are going on a gorilla trek, yep that’s right — I’ll be hiking through Rwanda to see gorillas! I’ll also be doing some shopping at their local markets to bring some Rwanda back home with me.
Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa at 12 million people. I’ll be staying in the capital, Kigali, which is about 30 minutes from Masoro.
Of the 158 employees kate spade new york has in Rwanda, 99% of them are women. Can I get a hell ya for that!?!
So if you’d like to follow on my journey to Rwanda, I’ll be posting live video on snapchat (user: megbiram), and images on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter while I’m there, and will be reporting back here with photos, and videos on my YouTube channel when I get back.
I leave this Saturday, and I’m soooooooo excited!
Follow along with me, the kate spade new york team, and the other ladies who are going — we’ll be using the hashtags #frommasorowithlove and #on_purpose on social media.
This striped beaded clutch is from the on purpose collection, and it’s actually on sale now so lucky you! And you might notice the little gorilla — from what I’ve gathered on the Internet, Rwanda has the largest population of gorillas, which are endangered. The numbers differ slightly from source to source, but I believe there are around 1,000 left in the world and 600-800 of them are in Rwanda. And I’ll get to see some of them!
Photos by Laura Metzler