Rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda through women groups

A member of the Ingoro Huye Ababeyi Cooperative in Mukoni Valley, Huye District, in Rwanda. PHOTO | MILLICENT MWOLOLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Strive Foundation Rwanda which is well represented in 12 districts in the country was founded in 2003 to deal with socio-economic issues emanating post-genocide.

  • After gaining these life changing skills, these women now make and sell their own bricks.

  • Every day, the co-operative buys from members each brick at Fr5 which it resells at between Fr20 and Fr25.

  • Independently, the members sell each brick at Fr20 to community members.

The year was 1994 and the month was April. The world woke up to news that Rwanda was at war with itself. Members of two largest tribes, the Hutu and the Tutsi were against each another. If today was in 1994, then the human slaughter would still be ongoing, for it took 100 days to calm the machetes that had taken control of Rwanda.

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