Blogging from Rwanda (since last Saturday), where else?? For this two weeks’ vacation time, I’m working with the knitters (and crocheters) to help them write their first grant. But I’d like to share with you some of the progress of these amazing ladies (and a couple of guys, who the ladies invited to join): Halima has earned enough to purchase a small plot of land and build a two-room house, which she rents out for extra income.
Protogene has been able to pay for driving lessons. Immaculee can now purchase potatoes for her family. And all of them said that the most important thing is their new cooperative family: loneliness is no longer a part of anyone’s daily life the way it was before Rwanda Knits (www.rwandaknits.org). If they are able to get the USADF grant they are applying for, it will make them totally self-sustainable by mid-2011. AND we at Rwanda Knits will have made ourselves unnecessary, which is the goal anyway! In the photo, please meet the members of the management team of the Ingenzi Knit Union. Before long, you’ll be able to visit them at www.ingenzi.com.
I’ll be back in the States on March 26, so see you in April!