Jyambere Mutegarugori means "Women in Development" in Kinyarwandan, the official language of Rwanda. This group of women basket weavers is located in the western Rwandan village of Muramba, an area gravely affected by the genocide of 1994. Your purchase provides financial support to these women, many of whom are widows and the sole income earners for their families. Having a place to come together, support each other, and provide for their families has made a valuable impact on their lives.
Jyambere Mutegarugori came out of an initiative of the Muramban diocese, which had lost more than 30 of its priests during the genocide. In 2000, Father Musinguzi John Bosco, a young Ugandan seminary graduate and engineer assigned to the diocese, began reaching out to the international community to help the people of Muramba, who were suffering from poverty, the effects of war, and HIV/AIDS. His work established a vocational school, an orphanage, and an AIDS education program. Jyambere Mutegarugori basket cooperative was started with the help of the Kolping Society in Germany and was introduced to Serrv by Engineers without Borders, which was constructing a water distribution system in Muramba.
Shop handmade products by Jyambere Mutegarugori below.