Community Herald: From global to local

Rebecca Perrott, owner of Merciful, a locally run jewelry business, wears earrings handwoven with papyrus, a local grass from Rwanda and displays her current collection for sale.
Rebecca Perrott, owner of Merciful, a locally run jewelry business, wears earrings hand-woven with papyrus, a local grass from Rwanda and displays her current collection for sale.

A small business is weaving it’s way into the Bedford community. When Rebecca Perrott travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to conduct research for her masters degree in International Development Studies, she hadn’t realized a culture of hopeful, creative and inspiring people would lead her to launch Merciful, a locally run jewelry business.

“Merciful means to love mercy. It’s a scripture verse,” says the graduate of Dalhousie University who moved to Nova Scotia from Rothesay, NB.

Along with her husband, Kyle Perrott from Lower Sackville, the couple spent three months in 2011 researching and becoming familiar with Aids Prevention Care and Outreach Ministries (APRECOM), an association supporting families impacted by AIDS, many of them widows.

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