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Story on the Page: The People Behind the Greeting Cards

Some say that the handwritten note has become passé, but like the resurgent trend of canning food, we find that cards are making a new appearance as well.  Who doesn't like to receive a note in the mail, handwritten by a friend?

Steve Carrell put it well when he said:

"Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It's disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there's something visceral about opening a letter - I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting."

We agree - cards are very personal with that as-if-the-person-is-present touch.  

What if we told you another person is present on the page? Someone besides the letter's author?

Our collection of greeting cards takes this personal touch to the next level.  These cards are made by artisans at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi as part of an income generating project for refugees with disabilities.  The group, Umoja Crafts, represents refugees from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia.  Beyond an income, this group also provides community, counseling and support for one another.  

When you write your letter on that soft, recycled paper remember that it has passed through the hands of those working for a better life; those who can live a more self-sustaining life now through this income generating program. 

Take a look at the cards here.

Comments or questions? Send us an e-mail: info@dsenyo.com

We'd love to hear from you!


Photo Courtesy: Umoja Cards

Woman making greeting card 

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