This cultural experience will take you to a rural village about 40 minutes just outside of Kigali. You will make your way by bus, passing green fields and lush mountains to this beautiful tight knit community. Here you will meet with the locals, where you will gather under some shade and prepare for a morning or afternoon of innovative creations. You will start by witnessing the artists at work and soon partner up to be making your own jewelry out of African beads and or cloth (bracelets, anklets, necklaces...get creative)! You will also have the opportunity to view the work produced by the jewelry makers and purchase items that you like.
"Ejo Hazaza means ‘tomorrow,’ and we hope to continue to live tomorrow in good health by supporting ourselves financially and each other emotionally."
Hands of Mothers involvement with the women began in 2010 and resulted in the launch of the Nyacyonga Jewelry Initiative. The women seized this opportunity and have been determined to succeed. They named their cooperative Ejo Hazaza because "Ejo Hazaza means 'tomorrow,' and we hope to continue to live tomorrow in good health by supporting ourselves financially and each other emotionally." Their goal is to be able to send their children to school, access health insurance and proper nutrition.
Ejo Hazaza is primarily made up of women and youth all living with HIV / AIDS and struggling to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies. These extraordinary women met through a "Preventing Mother to Child Transmission Program" at the Nyacyonga Health Clinic, outside of Kigali Rwanda. The Nyaconga clinic is sponsored by WE-ACTx (Women's Equity to Access to Care and Treatment), a nongovernmental agency providing HIV care to women and their children in Rwanda. The women decided to form a craft collective to generate income to buy baby formula as an alternative to breastfeeding in an effort to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their babies. They produced woven plastic shopping bags that they sold in street markets. However, many women throughout Rwanda weave these bags and as there are no tourist or export opportunities, the sales is very limited.