Maliceline
37
Rwanda
Basket Weaver
Married
4 children

Maliceline My name is Maliceline and I am a weaver. My husband works as a builder, and together we support our children, two girls and two boys, as well as my cousin Clementine. Clementine is only a teenager; she was orphaned when her parents died at a refugee camp in the aftermath of the genocide. I can never replace her parents, but to me there is no difference between Clemintine and my other children. I have been weaving for 24 of last 37 years. I joined a weaving cooperative through All Across Africa a year ago and now serve as a member of the leadership committee. Since working with All Across Africa, I have earned enough money to afford electricity and better clothes for my family. I can pay for food, school fees, and health insurance, too. This was not the case before I started selling my baskets through All Across Africa; back then I had to pay for transportation in order to sell my baskets an hour away in Kigali. And I wasn’t able to make nearly as much as I do now when I sold them in the local market. Living in post-genocide Rwanda with memories of lost family members and friends is difficult. But being in a cooperative helps us to forgive each other and work together. We were not expecting to reunite as a nation, but I am glad that we are now working with each other.