Abibumbye Cooperative

at a glance

  • Abibumbye means People Who Are Together Cooperative.

  • The women have been working together since July of 2008.  Their membership is now around 18.

  • The artisans of Abibumbye dream of having their own workshop and market to work in.

  • Abibumbye primarily makes coin purses, ornamental balls, and the Caramel Twist Pot.  Group members also have skills in beading and crochet.

  • Abibumbye works in Muhanga District.


a closer look

The women of the Abibumbye Cooperative do not consider themselves merely coworkers, or even friends. They consider themselves a family that helps each other grow and flourish, working together to overcome poverty. One of their few requirements for joining the group is willingness to teach and share their skills with other cooperative members. The women pride themselves on the diversity of their talents and their ability to come together as one group to perfect their crafts.

This “family” has many aspirations, mainly to become a larger cooperative with their own workshop and market place. With a larger cooperative, they would have more resources to create associations with more diverse purposes, like cultivating and farming. The artisans of Abibumbye hope to eventually be producing a wide variety of marketable items, gaining income that will help them to maintain better lives and say goodbye to poverty forever.


Muhanga District

  • Population – 307,501
  • Size of District – 648 km2, or 250 miles2
  • Main work – Agriculture (coffee, cassava, vegetables and cereals)
  • Official District Website: www.muhanga.gov.rw