In 2003, the Cyeza Parish of the Catholic Church provided training in woodcarving to two disabled members of the community. Those two men went on to train three others, and the Inganzo woodcarvers’ association was born. This Association specializes in carving wooden figures significant to faith or Rwandan culture, such as nativity sets or statues of Rwandans in the midst of daily life.
Rural life can be very tough, particularly for those who are physically challenged, and the income and dignity from Inganzo’s work has proved to be very significant for all the group’s members. So far the artisans of Inganzo have used the profit from their wood carving activities to buy small animals such as pigs and hens which they use to supplement their income from the sale of eggs and meat. In the future they hope to save enough money to invest in new tools, equipment and even their own workshop.