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.