When WE-ACTx was founded in early 2004, the women of Ineza were among the organization’s most sick and impoverished patients. Since the cooperative’s inception, however, Ineza has provided both improved medical care for women and the tools for economic and social empowerment. Through its collective decision-making and small business model, Ineza provides its staff with a source of income as well as a physically and mentally rejuvenating sense of purpose. Since many of Ineza’s staff members are survivors of the 1994 Genocide, the cooperative also serves as a space for continued emotional healing from the trauma of mass murder and rape, physical injuries, loss of family members, and domestic violence.
INEZA COOPERATIVE is a member of the RWANDA FAIR TRADE ARTISAN’S ASSOCIATION which allows it to have access to the market either locally or internationally.
COCOKI COOPERATIVE is a sewing cooperative of more than 40 talented artisan women in Kigali, Rwanda. The women of Cocoki have worked their way up from the most difficult of circumstances such as recovering from the 1994 genocide and now are role models and mentors across Rwanda. The cooperative business has grown tremendously by exporting its products to the US market, hiring more seamstresses, and then relocating to a larger facility.
COCOKI has been part of the RWANDA FAIR TRADE ARTISAN’S ASSOCIATION since 2010 where it’s been benefiting from connection with the local clientele and access to the international market.