Handmade with love in Rwanda
In 2013 NWC launched the product line "Umutima" which creates house wear and children's wear. Within this project NWC is training and employing women from the community, who are paid a fair wage for their work. At the moment there are 18 women employed for Umutima as seamstresses, with an aim to expand this activity in the future, NWC hopes to create a successful income-generating project for both the women and the Center.
As part of NWC's strategic plan to promote women in tourism, the Center has started a Responsible Community-Based Tourisme (CBT) initiative in a form of a community walking tour. The community-based tour runs in the urban environment in Kigali, particularly in Nyamirambo. It gives visitors an insight into the every-day life and challenges, social events and businesses. Visitors can obtain a first-hand experience of Rwandan people and culture and at the same time the tour benefts the women at NWC and the larger community.
A workshop on Healthy Nutrition was held recently. The workshop included a brief lecture on healthy nutrition and preparation of food in a healthier way. The women prepared rice, cooked potatoes, cooked vegetables and meat. The food was then served to almost 40 local children. The meal finished with fresh fruit and a glass of milk.
In the beginning of 2014 a small community library was inaugurated, offering books in Kinyarwanda, English and French. The idea behind the library is to encourage reading among the youth in Rwanda and to promote the idea of "one child, one book" in a country where children do not have the opportunity to read and discover the world through books.