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Featured Organization: Umutima

Featured Organization: Umutima

  This week we wanted to shine a light on another lovely organization we’ve been working with for years. The Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC) was established in the city of Kigali in 2007 by 18 Rwandese women. Since their inception, their singular focus has been to address gender -based violence, gender inequality and discrimination.                        (Photos by Meade Inglis for Umutima)   In 2013, NWC launched their product line, Umutima, which means “heart” in Kinyarwanda. The name couldn’t be more perfect because we fell in love with this line from...

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The Importance of Education - Forever Free

The Importance of Education - Forever Free

  “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ~ Frederick Douglass                                  As of September 1st, students in Rwanda are returning to their classrooms. We wanted to share with the you a bit of the joy that can be found in Susa Primary School, located next door to the Handspun Hope campus in Musanze. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.    Many of the ladies working for Handspun Hope send their children to Susa Primary. Here, they...

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Sponsorship Opportunity: Adrienne & Alivera

Sponsorship Opportunity: Adrienne & Alivera

Each month, we highlight two employees who have not yet been fully sponsored. When one of our employees is fully sponsored, it means a generous donor or group of donors has agreed to make monthly donations in her honor. A sponsorship can be in any amount and it takes $150 fully sponsors one woman. You can read more about sponsorship levels by clicking here. While the levels are set amounts, you may make a monthly donation of any amount and we will combine them to create full sponsorship for one woman. When the needs of an employee are covered by...

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Q&A with Handspun Hope Security Guard, Christine

Q&A with Handspun Hope Security Guard, Christine

  Today, we want to introduce you to another invaluable member of the Handspun Hope staff in Rwanda. Christine is our only female security at the cooperative in Musanze and offers a unique perspective. Please welcome Christine!         Q: CHRISTINE, WE’RE SO HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. A: I am 36 years old and am single. I am the second born in a family of nine children, but five of my siblings have died - two were killed in the civil wars of 1996 and three more from...

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Guest Blog Post with Jenny Nuccio of Imani Collective

Guest Blog Post with Jenny Nuccio of Imani Collective

Recently, we shared with you our latest collaboration project with Imani Collective, a fellow nonprofit working in Africa. Based in a village outside of Mombasa, Kenya, Imani Collective believes the key to breaking the poverty cycle lies within dignified employment...

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