What is The Holy Land Kibeho Embroidery Project?
Women who live in Kibeho, are most vulnerable and of the poorest of the poor. They live from subsistence farming (food gardens) and generate a small income by begging during pilgrimages to Kibeho. The income from the sale of the embroidery project will help them to generate an additional income and discourage the indignity of begging. By doing this, it will improve their self-esteem, empower them and create a small income for their daily living and educate their children.
What is the Mapula Embroidery Project?
A remarkable story has emerged from one of South Africa’s most dire areas, the Winterveld, where a group of women were trained in the early ‘90s by members of the Soroptimist International Pretoria Club for an income-generating, empowerment project.
The Sisters of Mercy provided a classroom and an embroidery project for the women of Mapula which started initially with 14 women, evolving through the years and growing to include 150 women, guided and supported by experienced individuals.
In a unique storytelling fashion, with needle and thread, these women have been sharing their stories over the past 26 years. And it is often these personal remembrances capturing our past from a unique vantage point that has captured the imagination internationally. Over the years, the high levels of technical and visual artistry with social and historical commentary have resulted in recognised works of art.
How do I know my money reaches the beneficiaries?
Bishop Celestin Hakizimana has approved that the Parish Kibeho, in the Diocese of Gikongoro opens a sub account in the name of the Project. The Kibeho Embroidery Project has its own sub account within the overall account of the Parish. The Women come to the Parish to collect their dues.
Each lady then collects her dues and signs the book. This has made the project more transparent and all members are sure of getting paid when they deliver their products for sale.
What is Soroptimist International?
Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Today, we have about 160,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. We are one of four federations that make up Soroptimist International, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.
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How do you ensure the sustainability and progress of this project?
For the sustainability and progress of the project after the training phase, Netty Butera will be the contact between the project coordinator, Martha, and the parish priest who will also be involved until the women can run the project themselves.
What will you do with my Donation?
With your donation, we can do many things. High on our priority list are currently the following items:
Pay a stipend to Martha, our local Project Coordinator
Hire a work place for the Kibeho women (read more)
Provide embroidery cottons for future training
Provide embroidery fabric for future training
What have you done with Donations so far?
With all the donations, we have done so many things already:
Train the Kibeho women in embroidery
Pay the Kibeho women dues
Provide embroidery cottons
Provide embroidery fabric