Amani ya Juu (“peace from above” in Swahili) is a sewing and training program for marginalized women established in Nairobi, Kenya with sister centers in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Liberia. Women at Amani centers come from different circumstances. Some are living as refugees in a country that is foreign to them, others have lost family, some are sick with HIV/AIDS and most all are widowed, being the sole provider of income. The women are learning to work together through faith in God who provides a peace that transcends all cultural and ethnic differences. Amani portrays a unique picture of diversity, with women coming from Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mozambique and other African nations.
Amani began in 1996 with four women sewing placemats together in Nairobi. Since then, Amani has grown to hundreds of women representing ethnic groups and experiences from all across Africa. As women return to their homelands, they carry Amani with them. Amani has established a presence of peace in five African nations (Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, and Uganda) and two US cities (Washington, DC and Chattanooga, TN). Each Amani center is locally registered and independently managed with support from an international leadership team (Becky Chinchen, Executive Director).
-For God’s sustaining hand and transformational peace on each center and all Amani participants
-For Becky Chinchen and her leadership role with Amani in Nairobi,
-For Pete and Joanna Vaughn and their leadership roles in Chattanooga
-For a broader and greater client list for Amani products