The Rwandan women use Sisal Plant (scientific name, Agave Sisalana) It’s main properties include that of fleshy green leaves that grow best in dry or hot climates all year round. A hard fibre can be extracted from these leaves which is cultivated for product use for the latter stages of basket weaving. The plant has many positive uses for rural communities such as those found in Rwanda as it is a labour intensive crop great for providing employment. It is also biodegradable and environmentally friendly with little to no pesticide or fertiliser used in its cultivation.
The stiff sisal fiber is extracted from the long leaf of the plant in a process known as decortication . When the green fleshy part of the leaf is stripped away, white string-like fibers remain. These fibers are cleaned, dried and brushed. It is then cooked in dye to achieve the variety of stunning colours, and then finally woven into traditional forms such as the baskets sold on our website. Or they can be used for less traditional forms such as earrings which can also be purchased here to help support the livelihood of these rural Rwandan women.
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Sold through non-profit organisations such as Beauty of Rwanda- all profits go towards enabling these rural Rwandan weavers the chance to start and maintain an economically independent and sustainable life. We pride ourselves on adhering to the principle of economic empowerment; which in essence follows the belief of self-help, whereby aid in the form of money donations may rightly have their place, what it really important is providing appropriate channels and tools for Rwandan women to utilise themselves. This ultimately develops a sustainable project with long lasting results in the objective of eradicating and diminishing poverty and promoting gender equality.
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