Rwandan artisans visit the Storefront

Date: 
June 15, 2013

 Our connection to Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP continues to deepen, thanks to Storefront trustee Christopher Moore. On Wednesday, June 12, three women from Rwanda who are part of Indego Africa visited the Storefront. The women, who are emerging community leaders, artisan and entrepreneurs, met with 5th, 6th 7th and 8th graders. They're visit was part of Indego Africa's Artisan Trip, which is intended to celebrate the powerful voices of women who have risen from the ashes of brutal genocide to drive forward a brighter future for themselves. 

Grace Tsuni Uwase gave an overview about Indego Africa and their partnership with for-profit cooperatives in Rwanda. Emelienne Nyiramana and Joselyne Nibagwire shared their experiences with Storefront students. They shared stories of the frightening violence in Rwanda, how they survived and how they went on to build a life for themselves and their families. They were wonderful with our students, taking time to answer every question thoughtfully and engaging with each child.

The students made a board to thank the women, with statistics that they learned and each students' signature. The women were also given Storefront bags as gifts. 

Indego management and the Rwandan women were very impressed with our school and especially our students. They thought that the students were very well prepared and asked great questions. The Rwandan women felt very welcomed and expressed that their visit to the Storefront was the highlight of their trip so far. Also, Indego management and Grace Tsui Uwase indicated that they do not want   the connection with the Storefront to end. In particular, Grace would like to connect Storefront students with students in Rwanda.

Indego Africa (www.indegoafrica.org) is a non-profit social enterprise that creates jobs and sustainable livelihoods for female artisan entrepreneurs through market access and education. This wonderful organization is also supported by Orrick. 

It was an honor to have these extraordinary women at our school. We look forward to our future connection with Indego Africa and the women of Rwanda.