By  on September 24, 2008

Macy’s doesn’t do huge sales in the one-of-a-kind handwoven baskets it imports exclusively from Rwanda, but the business speaks volumes to the people of that country and to the possibility of blending commerce with a humanitarian cause.

“This is not an aid program; it’s basically trade,” Terry Lundgren, Macy’s Inc. chairman, chief executive and president, said at Monday night’s reception in the Herald Square flagship for the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. He was in New York for the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. Kagame thanked Macy’s for helping transform what was a small cottage trade — women weaving silk baskets — into a legitimate and growing enterprise in the African nation.

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