at a glance
- Abizeranye means People Who Trust One Another Association.
- Abizeranye’s artistic specialty is weaving bowls, baskets, and earrings.
- The group welcomes new members, as long they have weaving skills or are willing to work hard to learn the craft.
- There are about 17 members of the Abizerane Association, all women.
- The women of Abizeranye have future goals of connecting with a large sustainable market, and of beginning a project cultivating mushrooms .
- Abizeranye’s weavers spend about one full day weaving a small bowl, and 2-3 days on a larger bowl.
a closer look
For the women in the Abizeranye Association, weaving baskets, bowls, and earrings is more than just a job, it is an opportunity for a future many of them thought they would never have. This group of 17 women foresees a future where they no longer have to rely on husbands or family members to survive. They work hard to achieve their dreams of personal bank accounts, self reliance, farm animals, telephones, and schooling for their children.
Weaving together has already helped the group members to see improvements in their lives; each woman has been able to purchase health insurance, become an owner of small domestic animals, and provide food and clothing for their families. These hardworking and enthusiastic women have overcome major difficulties as a group, and continue to share and promote their vision of escaping poverty to better themselves.
- 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