Nyamirambo Women’s Center (www.nwc-umutima.org), a Rwandan NGO, was launched at the end of 2007 by 18 women living in Nyamirambo, Kigali. Together they created a project which aimed to address gender-based violence, gender inequality and discrimination, problems faced today by many Rwandan women. NWC’s mission today is to provide education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.

To fulfill its mandate, NWC offers to the community different activities, such as free classes in literacy, English, basic computer skills, handicrafts and sewing, empowerment trainings on gender based violence and trainings on community based tourism.

NWC’s mission today is to provide education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment. To achieve this mission NWC has 3 overall objectives:

  • To strengthen the institutional and organizational capacity of NWC
  • To promote and empower women through capacity development and employment
  • To promote women and community-based tourism

With these 3 objectives in mind, NWC has become an important community center for women in Nyamirambo, by offering free classes in literacy, English, basic computer skills, handicrafts and sewing, empowerment trainings on gender based violence and trainings on responsible community based tourism.

At the end of 2013 NWC launched the product line “Umutima” – including house ware and children’s wear. Within this project NWC is training and employing women from the community, who are paid a fair wage for their work. At the moment there are 37 women employed for Umutima as seamstresses, with an aim to expand this activity in the future, NWC hopes to create a successful income-generating project for both the women and the Center.

As part of NWC’s strategic plan to promote women in tourism, the Center has started a Responsible Community-Based Tourism (CBT) initiative in a form of a community walking tour. The community-based tour runs in the urban environment in Kigali, particularly in Nyamirambo. It gives visitors an insight into the every-day life and challenges, social events and businesses. Visitors can obtain a first-hand experience of Rwandan people and culture and at the same time the tour benefits the women at NWC and the larger community.

Finally, at the beginning of 2014 a small community library was inaugurated, offering books in Kinyarwanda, English and French. The idea behind the library is to encourage reading among the youth in Rwanda and to promote the idea of “one child, one book” in a country where children do not have the opportunity to read and discover the world through books.