We envision spearheading community development in our society especially through engaging and building up their capacity by sharing among others ideas on business development, marketing of their products, Risk management, and Basic book-keeping. As a cooperative, we meet twice a week to weave and sometimes to discuss issues like family, health, and entrepreneurship. Our working schedule doesn’t interrupt other responsibilities for our group members as it allows them to still find time to do agricultural work in the morning or send off their children to school plus managing to prepare lunch.
Following the international principles of Fairtrade, and safe working conditions within artisan communities we encourage our members to further pursue self-growth and we help them identify their strengths or challenges, we encourage independence by empowering them to make their own decisions. Irebe Decorations Rwanda works with over 68 individuals and still growing, our community artisans from diverse backgrounds have come together to positively develop themselves through their art. With the generated income from our sales, our members now can afford medical health insurance, nutrition, and education of their children plus other social life basics. Families are building better lives. Women are rising out of crippling dependency to become contributors in their communities. Cooperatives’ profits are re-invested for the benefit of the group as a business: some groups have purchased goats to start small home farms and others have been able to invest in
agricultural projects We are working on providing the women weavers with a co-working space station that is fully stocked with simple Raw Materials with sitting, storing, and sourcing arrangements alongside granting them proper support during their working time which includes marketing linkages Opportunities for Capacity Building and Training – With proper guidance, encouragement, and financial support, our self-help groups can improve the current situation we face. We are looking to advance training workshops for our weaving mothers in skill-based livelihoods work then that can help them to upgrade their skills and produce quality items. Better Access to Micro Credit – we are currently in plans to kick -start off our member project buy-in where we provide production materials and upfront buy-in for the baskets made by our members who in return use the advance payouts to pay school fees and other necessary bills upfront using our relationship as
collateral Establishing network Linkages – at Irebe we work to create an inducive atmosphere for members to prosper and this includes supporting them to market their products, which include appropriate market intelligence, support in terms of product design and establishment of market linkages Irebe women training activities in soap and sanitary pad making plus programs for visitors to teach women skills in foreign culture handmade skills.