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tion” teams that bring together genocide survivors and perpetrators.
“Forgiveness is a terribly challenging con-
cept for people to grasp, particularly in such a
horrific scenario as Rwanda’s genocide,” says
Stone. “However, for the country to heal, the
past has to be confronted.”
About 400,000 survivors of the genocide
still live in Rwanda. More than 80,000 geno-
cide perpetrators have been released from
prison back into their communities.
“Rwanda’s situation is unique in that the
perpetrators are being released from prison
and are returning to their communities in
which they did their killing,” says Stone. “The
survivors are terrified of the perpetrators
coming after them and the perpetrators are
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Rwandan baskets at Costco Road Shows.
Each basket tells the story of its weaver.
terrified of the survivors retaliating. The situ-
ation is one that is filled with fear, terror,
Through multiday sessions, reconcilia-
tion team members, themselves survivors of
the genocide who have forgiven the perpetra-
tors, speak to both groups about their need to
reconcile and move on in order to heal.
Survivors confront the perpetrators about
how the violence has impacted their lives. The
perpetrators own up to their actions, apolo-
gize and ask for forgiveness.
Innocent Matata, a Hutu, acknowledges
that he killed his Tutsi neighbors. “Those victims, they forgave us, and now we live
together,” Matata says.
“I forgave those I know and even those that
I don’t know yet,” says Elena Nyirakibibi, a Tutsi
widow whose husband and nine children were
killed. “Nothing will bring my children back.
That’s why I have already forgiven them.”
The healing among Rwandans is a lesson
for the world, Stone says.
With that act, “the changes we see in the
lives of participants are amazing,” she adds.
“Victims and perpetrators are finally able to
move on, to stop hating, and are able to see
hope for their future.” C
Rebirth in a basket
HANDCRAFTED BASKETS have been
a part of the Rwandan culture for centuries. Rwanda’s women learn to weave
the baskets, woven from natural fibers
and grasses, at the hands of their mothers and grandmothers, passing the tradition down from generation to generation.
The intricately woven baskets are
used as containers for grain and food
products, as packages for small gifts,
and for events such as weddings and
So, when Rwanda Partners was looking for ways to help Rwandans gain
more financial freedom, baskets were a
“The seeds for the basket program
were planted during our first trip to
Rwanda in 2004,” says Greg Stone, who
oversees the basket program. “We saw
how unique and beautiful they were,
and when we learned that the women
had only a very small domestic market
that could only sustain a handful of
weavers, we started to put a plan
together for marketing the baskets
in the U.S.
“In 2005 we placed our first order
of baskets for $3,000,” he continues.
“This was a large financial risk for
Rwanda Partners. But the bet paid off
and we quickly sold out of the baskets.
We knew at that point that there was a
much bigger market for us to access.”
In 2009, Costco began carrying the
baskets in the Northwest. The response
was so positive that the baskets are now
sold at Costco locations across the coun-
try (check the Special Events on page 86
for dates). Greg and Tracy recently intro-
duced sewn fabric handbags as well.
Rwanda Partners works directly
with the basket weavers
through their Rwanda-based
staff, providing the women
with skills training and
weaving materials, as
well as opening up markets for their baskets
“By working directly
with the weavers, we
are able to pay the weavers the highest wage for
their baskets,” says Stone.
With the proceeds from their
baskets, the women can provide
their families with health insurance,
school fees, additional food and clothing.
Many of the weavers are able to pay
someone to work their farmland so they
can continue to weave—a more profitable source of income. In addition, many
of the weavers have been able to purchase a cow—a valuable commodity—
for their families.—TFJ