Rwanda: Our Story
Amahoro ava Hejuru, the sister center of Amani in Rwanda, was founded in 1998 when Rwandan refugee women from Amani Kenya felt compelled to take peace to their home, a place still recovering from violent conflict and ethnic division. Through Amahoro, women from different ethnic communities began to learn new skills and work together. By working alongside each other, women who were once enemies learned to overcome their differences and began the process of reconciliation.
Over the years, this tight-knit group has become well known in Rwanda. They have many friends and partners in the city of Kigali. Their focus is on a strong local presence. Amahoro operates as a cooperative, led by a team of women who have grown into leaders through the opportunities the center provided for them. Amahoro now operates largely independent of the rest of the Amani family, although through their name and the legacy of peace and empowerment, they remain a sister center of Amani.