The women at Ineza design beautiful accessories and household items from gorgeous local African fabrics. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to join these amazing and talented women to observe, learn, and create in a stimulating and friendly environment. You will partner with an Ineza craftswoman to create an item from the fabric design of your choosing that you can take home and display or use at home. Creations include items such as aprons, table mats, robes, computer cases, wine bags, wallets, headbands, slippers, and headbands, but your imagination is the limit. After creating your own souvenir, you are free to browse the small gift shop at Ineza and purchase any item you didn't have a chance to create yourself.
"I want to capture the way we live, feel, dance, speak, look, walk, dress, do our hair. I want to show the culture and traditions of Rwanda."
The women of Ineza all live with HIV and are striving to better themselves and their community. Income-generating activities, such as the creation of these innovative crafts, have empowered them to learn new skills and develop themselves, thus improving their quality of life.
The women of Ineza strive to be self-sufficient and create sustainable income by earning profits from their work and by learning how to invest in their future. All of the women come from different communities in Kigali; however, when they come together as a group, it's as though the stigma has vanished and they can create a new and comfortable community together. It is here at Ineza where these women can connect and develop friendships that feel like family.