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Meet the Mamas Behind Our Newest Baby & Kids Collection!

Meet Umutima: the talented group of artisans behind our latest collection of print-happy, perfect-for-summer baby & kids’ clothes, now available on Target.com! Based in Nyamirambo, Rwanda, Umutima (which means “heart” in the Kinyarwanda language) is made up of 30 seamstresses who are known for their beautiful craftsmanship, impeccable detailing, and eye for design. These lovely ladies, most of whom are moms, sewed each item on this collection with love, care, and a touch of sweetness in every stitch.

 

We chatted with some of Umutima’s seamstresses to hear their thoughts on motherhood and what it’s like to be a working mom in Rwanda. Read their inspiring words below!

Jeanne Hakizimana

30 years old; two children

I work everyday to feed my family and give them everything they need. Some people say work is hard, but nothing feels hard when it’s for my kids. 

Francine Byukusemge

47 years old; eight children

When we are all together, I love talking with my children. As their mom, I try to teach them new things, beyond what they learn in school. I want to teach them about the world and help them have happy lives. 

Francoise Kanakuze

46 years old; four children

I work because I want all of my children to go to school. I want them to learn math, geography, physics, computers. Education will bring them bright futures, and that is what I want for them most of all. 

Bernadette Kamugwera

59 years old; two children 

When my children were young, we loved cooking together and preparing meals as a family. Now that they are older, nothing brings me more joy than to have their children at my home and for us all to cook and eat together.

Eugenie Mubamugunga

46 years old; one child

My son loves soccer and I love to watch him play. It makes me happy to see he has found something he loves. 

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