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Weaving together and sharing advice, the women of Abahuje are collaborating to bring improved life to their families.  Their dream is to build a weaving house for their cooperative.

Abahuje Cooperative in Byimana

People Who Have Come Together Cooperative

The Abahuje Cooperative is a group of women who specialize in weaving bowls from forest grasses and sisal fibers. They are from Ruhango in Byimana sector. Until they formed a cooperative to work with Azizi Life, the weavers of Abahuje didn’t have a market where they could sell their products. They now receive a fair price for their products, and with their income, can meet the basic needs of their families. Some members have built their own homes and some have installed electricity in their homes. Many group members have been able to buy solar lamps and fuel-efficient stoves on a micro-finance agreement with Azizi Life. When the women meet every Thursday to weave, they discuss the best ways to use their income. They advise each other on using the money that they earn from Azizi Life. The group consists of 20 women, both mamas and younger, unmarried women.

Their goals are to be the best weavers by improving their quality, and to construct a small building for their cooperative.

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