"Indego Africa has enabled me to envision a new life for myself and a different economic future than I ever thought possible." – Marie Rose, 45
Ingenzi Knit Union
Knitting union with 127 members drawn from four primary knitting co-ops: Hope, Hosiana, Mpore Mama, and Susuruka, located in Kigali and Mayange. Indego Africa partner since 2010.
The Ingenzi Knit Union (IKU), which was founded with the assistance of long-time NGO partner Rwanda Knits, is the first and only cooperative union of its kind in Rwanda. For several months during the summer of 2011, IKU converted a room at the Police Hospital in Kacyiro into an unlikely production center for 4,490 knitwear pieces for Anthropologie. Day after day, the room reverberated with laughter, chatter, and the sounds of more than a hundred women hard at work. Coupled with knitwear orders for the local market, IKU is a business on its way up.
In 2011, IKU sent two of its artisans – one from Hoziana and one from Mpore Mama – to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.