Josephine
33
Rwanda
Basket Weaver
Married
2 children

My name is Josephine. I am 33 years old, married with 2 children, and I live in Mahembe one of the remote villages in Rwanda’s eastern province. I was the first born to a family of three girls and two boys. I was not able to finish my studies because of a lack of money for school fees. I attended primary school but wasn’t able to continue because my parents could not afford to pay school fees. The fact of not continuing my studies bothered me and put my life in hopelessness. This pushed me to learn another skill that could help me survive. That’s why I decided to join a cooperative working with All Across Africa three years ago through which I learned to weave different types of baskets. Since we started weaving baskets, I have earned an income and improved my lifestyle. I am now able to afford food, clothing, tuition and health insurance for our children. I am optimistic about the future now because of the money I have been able to earn and save since I started working with All Across Africa. My dream is to live out my old age in a beautiful and comfortable home, with my children leading successful and happy lives.