This Mother’s Day, we are celebrating the resilient moms we work with and how they invest in their families by investing in themselves.
Since 2016, Indego’s Economic Inclusion for Refugees program in Rwanda has addressed the unique livelihood and financial challenges refugee women face by equipping them with the skills, resources, and tools they need to become successful artisan entrepreneurs. With vocational and business training from our production and education teams, the women of Akeza (Indego’s first partner cooperative at the Mahama Refugee Camp) are now handcrafting high-quality woven products for the Indego Africa collection and securing long-term economic benefits for themselves and their families.
With 89% of our refugee partners having at least one child under the age of 18 and 92% of them being the primary income-earners for their families, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways refugees can rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.
Marie Rose Nyabenda of the Akeza cooperative shared, “I’ve learned so many new things about being an artisan and working together in a cooperative. Now, I wish to train my children how to weave and save money so they can be creative and empowered too.”
It’s sentiments like this that drives us to continue to support incredible mothers, artisans, young women, and entrepreneurs as they pursue their goals to support their aspirations and their families. We are endlessly inspired by their dedication to improving their craft, their love for their children, and their commitment to do whatever it takes to create brighter futures for them.
We honor the sacrifices our refugee partners make on behalf of their children, and have a profound appreciation for the hard work and love that they put into every product they make.
Honor your mom this year by helping us empower another. Donate and help us support more artisan women in Rwanda & Ghana through employment opportunities and education.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hardworking moms out there!