Announcement Ubushobozi seeks to end the cycle of poverty through education and skills training in sewing, weaving, crocheting, and more. Teenage girls and young women in Rwanda are grossly neglected and vulnerable to the continued devastating effects of poverty. Ubushobozi is helping to empower them on their journey to independence and self reliance. Please read about our story here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ubushobozi?ref=l2-more-about#about
Ubushobozi seeks to end the cycle of poverty through education and skills training in sewing, weaving, crocheting, and more. Teenage girls and young women in Rwanda are grossly neglected and vulnerable to the continued devastating effects of poverty. Ubushobozi is helping to empower them on their journey to independence and self reliance. Please read about our story here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ubushobozi?ref=l2-more-about#about
Susan Bump on Jun 22, 2016
Beautiful basket! Shipped quickly, packed very well, smooth transaction, highly recommended.
terrosafarm on Mar 29, 2016
earrings are beautiful, but the hooks fall out....
Jac Button on Jan 30, 2016
Two Girls and a Sewing Machine
Jeanne Siporin and her daughter, Laura Boyea visited Rwanda on a volunteer trip and saw a gap in services for teenage girls who were left out of education programs for younger children. These girls, many of them orphans, were forced by circumstance to become heads of household, supporting themselves and other family members, their employment opportunities limited to farming and housekeeping.
Jeanne knew several seamstresses from the local market and saw a way she could fill the gap. She offered sewing lessons to two local girls from the village. Chantal and Aline were Ubushobozi’s first students and the project has grown to include 11 students and eight local teachers and staff since 2008.
Ubushobozi provides each student a sewing machine, sewing instruction, fabric and all related materials, and an outlet for selling her creations. In addition, students are provided with a weekly stipend, a daily nutritious meal, and instruction in English, mathematics, computers, health and sex education, and traditional dance. Traditional Rwandan basket weaving was added to the curriculum in 2011, along with crochet, and yoga was introduced in 2012. Ubushobozi also provides the means to purchase coverage in Rwanda’s national health care plan to all students, staff, and members of their households.
Students are accepted into Ubushobozi after extensive interviews and by peer recommendation based on these criteria: inability to attend school due to lack of fees; orphaned or head of household; living below the poverty line; or unemployment.
100% of proceeds (after shipping and Etsy fees) go directly to Ubushobozi in Musanze, Rwanda
Read more about Ubushobozi's wonderful story here: www.ubushobozi.org/
Ubushobozi is a nonprofit vocational skills training center in Musanze, Rwanda. The girls of Ubushobozi Project have the opportunity to flourish and sustain themselves in a structured, nurturing, and supportive environment.
Jeanne & Alan Siporin
Jeanne and Alan Siporin founded Ubushobozi Project in Rwanda in 2008. They are educators who currently live in Phuket, Thailand where Jeanne founded and works at About Growing Minds Phuket Kindergarten & Learning Center.
Laura "Lola" Boyea
Lola founded Ubushobozi with her mother, Jeanne.
Aline, one of our original students, since 2008. “The project is so important for me because it has improved my life in ways that I cannot describe even in words. I would like to help other people in need just like the project has helped me.” ~ Aline
Chantal, one of our original students, since 2008. “When I started being part of Ubushobozi my life improved and I am more confident. I am able to eat, buy clothes for myself and even some beauty products! It has really improved my life.” ~ Chantal
Beatrice was accepted to Ubushobozi in 2009. "I am independent and able to provide for myself and it makes me very optimistic about the future and what I can achieve. Right now I can say that the project is my life.” ~ Béatrice
Designer, Seamstress, Cooperative Treasurer
Christine was accepted to Ubushobozi in 2009. “I had a bad life before joining this project. Today I am able to sustain myself and also my family. I now know that with opportunities people can work and improve their lives.” ~ Christine
Uwineza was accepted to Ubushobozi in 2009. “I used to not have meals at night, I didn't have money to buy soap or other necessary products, now I can. Seeing my life change like this has made me more confident in what I can be able to do.” ~ Uwineza
Jackie was accepted to Ubushobozi in June 2010. She is the sole income earner for her family. “I came here when I was in a really bad situation. Now I have a salary and this has helped provide for my family, increasing my confidence." ~ Jackie
Salomé is the very talented instructor of our new weaving program. She is very determined to train her students, including staff members, to produce beautiful, quality products. She and her husband have 9 children. Her dream is to learn English.
Prior to Ubushobozi, Patricie worked intermittently as a day laborer on her neighbors' farms. Now she has steady employment as an Ubushobozi basket weaver. She is also a proud member of a brick-making cooperative.
Margaret joined Ubushobozi in May 2011, enrolled in the weaving program and is excelling. She is beginning to learn to read and write and loves dance and yoga. She recently sold her first woven basket to visiting tourists. We are so proud!
Project Manager, Marketer, Teacher
She is an incredible mentor/role model to our students. Séraphine devotes her life to education and being of service to others.She is a primary school teacher and is a part-time university student in Congo pursuing a bachelor's degree in social work.
Shop Manager, Photographer, Shipper
Sylvie is a friend and advisor to Ubushobozi Project and Collective. She visits Ubushobozi when she can, bringing product home with her to photograph and list in the Etsy shop. She also teaches some advanced sewing techniques when she is there.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Purchases ship within 1-3 business days First Class United States Postal Service.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not completely happy for any reason, please contact the shop within seven days of receipt. We can then make arrangements for a refund or an exchange for something of equal value. We will issue a refund less our original shipping costs. You will be responsible for return shipping charges with delivery confirmation and returning the item in new and unused condition in its original packaging.
We provide complete and thorough descriptions of our items with accurate measurements and clear photos from many angles. Please read them carefully and look at each photograph before purchasing. If an item needs to be returned due to the wrong size, we will accept return, issue a refund less our original shipping costs, and you will be responsible for returning the item with delivery confirmation in new and unused condition in its original packaging.
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Your support through purchases of our items is greatly appreciated from the bottom of our hearts! Thank you!