We are a community based cooperative operating in the southern province of Rwanda, we are a group of local artisans working to socially improve our livelihoods through the production of home use and lifestyle baskets, our focus is the production of home living and everyday use products plus other accessories.
Working with these craftswomen (for the vast majority of weavers are ladies) has many benefits apart from job security to other advantages of working together as a cooperative. Our members include community youth, single-parent households and other artisan individuals located within our surroundings and we specialize in finding creative ways to transform indigenous materials into functional items, we engage community youths and women to be responsible stewards towards the environment by ensuring we use sustainable raw materials that have a minimal level of damage to the environment and nature.
The cooperative members are our foundation force: the different beautiful products we produce are a testimony of our raw talent and passion behind every handmade basket we produce. The Irebe Basket group works to provide meaningful vocation hand skills that empower our members by training them in the production of handicraft products which are then sold under our souvenir shop outlets found in Kigali at Lemigo Hotel and Kimihurura (close to Mamba restaurant) and these sales have enabled our group to grow in both capacity and socially as this now provides a source of income for the artisans in our cooperative.
Vocational Skills Training
Irebe Baskets Rwanda as a cooperative empowers young people with sustainable handcraft inspired life skills in a non-formal training mode. The locals are trained in art and crafts, public health & basic sales or communications techniques to meet the demands of the markets today
As we grow we also intend to scale up the training to cover many more people if an opportunity is available. We look forward to working with like-minded partners, to enable us to expand the scope of our training. Away from the non-formal training in handcraft; in the future, we envision setting up a training centre for carrying out and facilitating us reach as many youth and single parents as possible and share with them life-changing skills. We supply the members with all the necessary training they may need and the equipment they require to do their work: from scissors and tape measures to dye drums.
Irebe Baskets Rwanda is leading community development in our area and continues being at the forefront of improving the lives of our members and their dependents by providing workshops and training to help our members learn life survival skillsMISSION STATEMENT
“To foster, develop and promote our handmade craft products while ensuring we use ecofriendly materials that can guarantee both sustainable markets and care for the environment.
Our cooperative produces a wide variety of home living usable baskets and lifestyle accessories from materials that are locally available and sustainable such as banana leaf and sisal, raffin, papyrus- our products are crafted by some of the best artists making modern products yet maintaining the traditional aspects of Rwandan culture, we offer you holiday and souvenir gifts and a variety of baskets, woven bowls, trays, home use stuff, bags and purses, jewellery and accessories We would like to thank you for taking interest into our work and urge you to contact us for any further information about our work as a cooperative, remember every time you purchase our products the profits go directly to support our members and their families enabling empowering them to find sustainable livelihoods while enabling them to contribute to building their communities and nation.