We are currently running a campaign to help improve the lives of
women in Rwanda, where we have worked for the past eight years.
Through delivering practical training and mentoring to ten
handcraft co-operatives the project will enable the organisations
to become sustainable and provide increased incomes for their
producers. Find out more about this project here, or
watch the video from our previous project in Rwanda below to see
what difference our work can make.
Shared Interest Foundation first started working in Rwanda in
2008, providing training to a group of co-operatives who produced
handcrafts. These co-operative groups had been formed by women who
came together after the 1994 genocide. Having lost their husbands,
and with them, the household income, they had to develop new
opportunities to feed themselves and their children.
These co-operative groups provide a vital source of income to a
country where 45% of the population live below the poverty line,
with 24% considered in extreme poverty (National Institute of
Statistics of Rwanda, 2011).
Through our previous projects in Rwanda, the increase in
producers incomes has meant that they can afford to eat two meals a
day instead of one, and others can afford mattresses, so they no
longer need to sleep on the floor.
While these may seem like small increases, the benefit to the
individuals is huge. By helping to increase the incomes of more
producers in a way that is self-sustaining, we hope to create a
sustainable future for these handcraft producers.