Source: All Africa | 22 July 2015 | By Richard Mugarura
Janet Nkubana owns Gahaya links, a company that has empowered and supported Rwandan women through job creation. Nkubana's company is committed to restoring hope and dignity of women who were affected by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The genocide left many widows in its wake while several women had their husbands serving long jail terms. Majority of these women were illiterate due to cultural bias and stereotypes that barred women from attending school.
"The only skill they possessed was weaving which was done as a hobby during their leisure time," Nkubana said.
From a humble beginning under a tree in the remote village of Byimana in the Southern Province, Gahaya Links started organizing women in associations that were later transformed into cooperatives.