KGSC - Kinyinya Village Crafts – by Clement Hirwa

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     In 2013 Mary and Mike Hayes met with the women in Clement’s village who live in 146 houses built by the Rwandan Government. With their continued support, many survivors of the 1994 genocide have an opportunity to obtain a dwelling. However it became clear to the Amakuru trust that these women need further support to enable them to progress towards a self-reliant future.

     Clement goes onto say…… ‘as we presumed that trust charity organization team is going to support us in this life changing journey through small projects that will bring forth the substantial growth and benefit to our community. So it was that after a couple weeks in that position our donors (Amakuru Trust) agreed to transfer £1,000 (1,000,000 Rwf) and here - above and below, is the ‘utilization’ of that financial aid in action - with widow’s being trained in the manufacture of bags and assorted garments."

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     In April 2014 Mike returned with Alan to see how things were progressing with the project. Clement assured the trust that no further funds were being sought at this time as 'exapnsion' of the project was dependent on improving the overall quality of the manufactured items - chiefly bags of varying designs and sizes. One major breakthrough has been the acquisition of a sales outlet - in none other than the Memorial Centre at Gisozi in Kigali. Alan will be 'putting together' a small marketing / information video for Gisozi to explain where the bags come from and what the project's aims are. That same video will be appearing on this page soon - so keep checking the website for news!

     Clement is interested in broadening the range of items the widows make so if you have any ideas let the trust know - perhaps a sample could be taken out to Rwanda this year via a school party (together with patterns). One of our student 'ambassadors' - Megan Booth has suggested giving the craft centre a mannequinn so that they can begin to mock-up and fabricate clothing items - what do you think?


     All school groups (and 'adult trips' later in the year) will visit the craft village as part of the education programme - so get your thinking caps on everyone!

We're also thinking that we can all purchase items from the village and bring them back to the UK to sell - all profits can then be returned to Kininya to further the work of this great project. Clement told us that 'they' plan to expand at some point by attracting more widows to the centre - at the moment there are twelve ladies involved in the project - but there are many more who could become motivated to join and gain from the experience - both as a financial support for their families and also as an emotional and spiritual 'lift'.