Basket Weaver
8 children

My name is Uzabakiriho Theodosie, I was born in 1959. My husband is farming and I am weaving baskets. We use both of our incomes to improve the standard of living for our family. We have 8 children, 3 girls and 5 boys. I started weaving baskets when I was 5 years old. My neighbor trained me in weaving baskets, and they came to visit me at home and encouraged me to come start weaving baskets. Weaving baskets helped me to feed my children, buy clothes, buy health insurance, and help them to go to school. I am supporting my husband to hire some workers to help him on his farms. With the baskets, I was able to help my 2 boys and 1 girl to get married and I am helping the others to go to school. Together with my husband we were able to buy some domestic animals (cow and some goats). I am now encouraging other women in my village to come join cooperatives of baskets and learn a new skill of weaving because it can help them to solve some problems and not depend on their husbands. In my life I don’t like someone who hurst my heart and I don’t like injustice. I was very happy to join the cooperative and having skills of weaving baskets and get stable market of baskets.