"Indego Africa has given me more control over my life and taught me that my future is my own. I don't have to beg from my husband anymore. I feel independent and strong." - Jacqueline, 30
Twiyubake Family of Kayonza (Twiyubake)
Banana leaf weaving co-op of 28 members located in Kayonza. Indego Africa partner since 2008.
Consisting of genocide widows working side-by-side with the wives of imprisoned génocidaires who killed their families, Twiyubake's composition fosters unity and reconciliation through economic community. Situated in Kayonza, a town 50 kilometers outside of Kigali, the women of Twiyubake previously had no access to running water, let alone market opportunities, and a majority of its members were illiterate.
Despite these difficult circumstances, Twiyubake has risen into an inspiring business best known for two things: beautiful banana leaf products and greeting visitors to the Kayonza Artisans Center with song and dance. Whether its their banana boxes, woven banana bangles, table runners, or banana necklaces, Twiyubake knows fashion! And at the same time, members of Twiyubake enthusiastically engage Indego Africa's training programs, showing a particular enthusiasm for English literacy.