Come spend some time learning how to sew traditional textiles with the Umutima Cooperative in Kigali's colorful neighborhood - Nyamirambo.
On this visit, one of the cooperative members will teach you the sewing basics. If you're experienced in sewing, you can share some of your techniques with the cooperative members. You will also learn about the importance that sewing has in Nyamirambo area for locals, especially women.
This visit supports the Nyamirambo Women's Center, which strives to empower women in Kigali.
"This is not just a job. It is a place which heals women to rise to a new and higher level. I am working hard not just for myself but for all women."
Nyamirambo Women's Center (NWC) is a group of women living in a large informal settlement in Kigali. They created a project which aimed to address problems faced today by many young Rwandan women such as struggling with socio-political and individual consequences of gender based discrimination, violence and poverty, reproductive rights, child care, lack of access to education, skills and funds to strive for their well-being and human rights, as well as income generating activities.
At the end of 2013, Nyamirambo Women's Center launched the product line “Umutima”. With this project, NWC is training and employing women from the community who are paid a fair wage for their work. In September 2014, Umutima was registered as a local cooperative and, from the initial 12 women, now employs 22 seamstresses.
The Umutima Cooperative arose from several missions of NWC combined. Some of the main ideas are to create and sustain a local social-economic empowerment women’s center, to promote women’s well-being and human rights, to promote various skills, development and management, etc.