Nyamirambo Women’s Center (www.nwc-umutima.org), a Rwandan NGO, was launched at the end of 2007 by 18 women living in Nyamirambo, Kigali. Together they created a project which aimed to address gender-based violence, gender inequality and discrimination, problems faced today by many Rwandan women. NWC’s mission today is to provide education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.
NWC has become an important community center for women in Nyamirambo, by offering free classes in literacy, English, basic computer skills, handicrafts and sewing, empowerment trainings on gender based violence and trainings on responsible community based tourism.
At the end of 2013 NWC launched the product line “Umutima” – including house ware and children’s wear. Within this project NWC is training and employing women from the community, who are paid a fair wage for their work. At the moment there are 37 women employed for Umutima as seamstresses, with an aim to expand this activity in the future, NWC hopes to create a successful income-generating project for both the women and the Center.