Agaseke k’Amahoro Association

at a glance

  • Agaseke k’Amahoro means Peace Basket Association.

  • The group has about 120 members, 40 of whom are weaving actively.

  • Community: The group weaves together in Rusatira, Huye District.

  • Artistic Focus: Weaving grass baskets.

  • Vision: To promote peace within and outside their group as they practice their art for their livelihood.

 

a closer look

On the wall of Pascasie Mukabuligo’s home hang photos of two men.  These, Pascasie explains, are her brothers.  They, along with more than thirteen other family members, died in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.  They were hunted and killed, most likely by their neighbors.  But Pascasie is determined to be a different kind of neighbor.  Tall and dignified, she chooses to stand for peace.  To pray for peace.  To work for peace.

Pascasie is the president of the “Peace Basket” weaving cooperative.  Under her leadership, community members from opposite sides of the genocidal conflict have joined to support one another in their art and their lives.  The group meets together regularly to weave baskets and discuss issues like family, health, and reconciliation.  And Pascasie has not stopped at that.  She has accepted an invitation by the government to go into the local prison to teach offenders- some of them thieves, vandals, and murderers of 1994- to weave for peace and to support their families.  Some of those men have since been released and joined the Peace Basket cooperative.

And what is Pascasie’s vision for her group and community?  We must continue to work for wholeness.  We must continue to pray for peace.

community

Huye District

  • Population – 290,677
  • Size of District – 582 km2, or 225 miles2
  • Main work – Agriculture (main crops – coffee, rice, banana, sweet potatoes, avocados, vegetables, sorghum & fruit).
  • Official District Website: www.huye.gov.rw