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Rumi Spice direct sources the highest quality spices from rural farmers and women in Afghanistan to help provide reliable wages and economic stability. The company is on a mission to create connections to the vibrant culture of the Middle East, its delicious food, and its people – showing the story of the Afghan people, so others can know the vibrancy of the region and people, not just war and strife. Rumi Spice’s mission is to create those connections and with them, peace. It is the largest private employer of women in Afghanistan. As of 2023, Rumi Spice supports 10,000 livelihoods in Afghanistan and hopes to be supporting 100,000 livelihoods within the next 5 years. Shop HERE and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to Together Women Rise.

Handmade by Friendship Bridge provides skills, learning experiences, education, and technical assistance to empower women artisan entrepreneurs of Friendship Bridge to reach their potential to sell their handmade products independently in local, national, and international markets. All Handmade by Friendship Bridge products, including handbags, jewelry, scarves, home decor, and ornaments are made in accordance with Fair Trade guidelines. Enter Together21 as the coupon code (on the “Discount Code” box) at check-out to receive a 10 percent discount and to have Together Women Rise receive 10 percent of the proceeds from sales. Books and sale items are excluded. Visit Handmade by Friendship Bridge here. (Note: Friendship Bridge is a former Together Women Rise grantee.)



Nervous Conditions

By Tsitsi Dangarembga

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights. It is the featured book in Together Women Rise’s January 2024 Book Club. Register here to join at 8 p.m. EST Jan. 18, 2024.


Love, Norm: Dr. Norman D. Fintel on Equality and Courage in a World Calling for Change 

By Together Women Rise Co-Founder Barb Collins

This month’s legacy grants honor co-founder Barb Collins. Read more about her father’s legacy of service.

From Amazon: This is the story of my father—a humble and courageous man who spent the final months of his life trying to save the world. It is also the story of how I discovered I was living his legacy. In 2003, I co-founded a global movement—Dining for Women—harnessing the collective action of people who share a vision of an equitable world for all. And it all began with Norm. At heart, Norm Fintel was a farmer and people were his crop. He dedicated his life to equality and the wellbeing of humankind. This book of his life lessons is for anyone searching for ways to spread the seeds of goodwill. Now, more than ever, we are in need of leaders who have moral integrity and embody selfless service, qualities that inspire, demonstrate, and teach the wisdom that transcends time, age, gender, and race. True leadership begins with a code of personal values and a commitment to living to serve another. Then another, and another…”

Vietnamese Recipes from author Andrea Nguyen

Nguyen has created an extensive collection of recipes. She was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at the age of six as a refugee.