EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS IN RWANDA

In 1994, close to 1 million people were slaughtered in less than 100 days during the horrifying Rwandan genocide. The country was devastated in all aspects of life; many children were left orphaned, wives without husbands, families without sons and daughters and those that survived were raped and infected with HIV and then left to pick up pieces in their once happy country. The social and economic effects of the genocide rippled through the nation and still have an impact in the present day. Households affected by HIV/AIDS are at risk of falling into poverty and close to 14% of rural dwellers live in conditions of extreme poverty. Today in Rwanda, genocide widows are weaving baskets alongside the wives of war criminals, forging their own path to reconciliation.

Beauty of Rwanda is a not-for-profit jewellery and home décor organisation founded on the principle of economic empowerment to women and girls of Rwanda.

Helping Hand

Rural women and girls still remain a disadvantaged group of Rwanda society. BoR emphasises the rural women’s mindset of dependency must be changed so that they become conscious of their abilities to change themselves, their families and their community.

EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS IN RWANDA

BEAUTY OF RWANDA TEAM

Salha Kaitesi

Founder

Salha is passionate about ending poverty, development, female empowerment, justice and gender equality. Salha is also the Executive-Editor of Teakisi, a blogzine dedicated to challenging and changing the perceptions of African girls and women in the world today.

Kate O’Dell

Trustee

Kate has seven years experience managing community development and personal capacity building projects in the UK. Kate works for Newcastle City Council within the Communities team. As well as visiting Rwanda in 2012, Kate has worked on several research and education programmes related to Rwandan history. She is excited now to be supporting Beauty of Rwanda and continue her connection with this beautiful part of the world.

Sade Sangowawa

Trustee

Sade Sangowawa is the founder and chief executive of Cultures CIC a social enterprise based in Stockton. Sade's passion lies in seeing people empowered. She is the founder of the acclaimed Taste of Africa and Black History Youths Awards and the first Celebrating Diversity Awardsi n the Tees Valley.