In 1994, Rwanda’s population was composed of two main ethnic groups—Hutu (approx. 85%) and Tutsi (15%). Sharp hatred arose when some Hutus blamed the Tutsi minority group for the country’s social, economic, and political pressures.
On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down. The horrific violence that ensued is still haunting. Hutu extremists launched their plan to destroy the entire Tutsi minority civilian population. In the weeks after April 6th, 800,000 men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide. In the aftermath of the genocide and First and Second Congo Wars that followed from 1996–2003, Rwanda has faced extreme hardships.
Even today, Rwanda struggles to heal and rebuild, but the country is showing signs of rapid economic development. Organizations like Indego Africa are coming alongside citizens to become a model for sustainable economic and social empowerment in a post-conflict country.
Jesus’ Economy has partnered with Indego Africa, who works with more than 400 women artisans across nine different cooperatives to positively change lives. We’re proud to sell products from Indego Africa that represent the empowerment of women. The women who create these products earn a sustainable income. All of Indego’s profit is invested back into Rwandan women through programs focused on literacy training, financial management, and entrepreneurship.
In addition, Jesus’ Economy invests any of our profit from the resell of Indigo Africa products back into life transformation—into microloans, church plants, the meeting of basic needs, and a little into our general operations. By buying through Jesus’ Economy, you support artisans in Rwanda, Indego Africa’s training of women in Rwanda, and the holistic transformation work of Jesus’ Economy.
To learn more about these initiatives, see some of the beautiful new products from Rwandan artisans and be encouraged by their stories.