Twivane mu Bukene Cooperative

at a glance

  • Twivane mu Bukene means We Come Out of Poverty.

  • The women of Twivane mu Bukene specialize in banana leaf products.

  • This group makes photo frames and placemats for our Bazaar packages.

  • The weavers of Twivane mu Bukene work together not only to get out of physical poverty through their craft sales, but also to support and encourage one another in all of life.

a closer look

The Twivane mu Bukene Cooperative began in April 2007 with 15 members.  These women, neighbors and members of the same parish, chose to come together in order to fight against poverty and to share skills in handicrafts.  Their name means “We come out of poverty.” Many group members are widows who had been struggling to care for their families, without funds for school supplies, soap, or decent clothing.  They came together, united by their faith and determination, looking past their differences of age or ethnic group.

The women of Twivane mu Bukene have various skills in creating banana and palm leaf crafts.  The majority of the work on the crafts is done by each member in her home.  But every Monday and Friday afternoon, the cooperative gathers to work together, practicing their skills and, most importantly, encouraging, teaching and coaching one another.  The ladies share not only about good weaving practices, but important topics such as family planning.  They sing and pray together, supporting one another spiritually as well.  Each week the members make a small contribution to the group, which is used to benefit the members.

The women of Twivane mu Bukene care for one another.  They visit one another’s homes, share in family celebrations, and help struggling group members.  They benefit from the access to a number of things, including coaching in quality, opportunities for sales, loans from the group for urgent needs, and increased income which enables them to purchase food, soap, clothing, and school supplies.



Muhanga District

  • Population – 307,501
  • Size of District – 648 km2, or 250 miles2
  • Main work – Agriculture (coffee, cassava, vegetables and cereals)
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