Empowering 500 Rwandan women living with HIV/AIDS

Feb 19, 2014

Rwandan Rural Women Social Economic Empowerment

A confident Lady showcasing her Woven Basket
A confident Lady showcasing her Woven Basket

Human Rights first Rwanda Association organized a three day empowerment training to women headed households.

The trainings centered  on:

  • Building knowledge and awareness of the law and Human Rights; 
  • Building advocacy capacity to defend and protect their property and land; 
  • Building women entrepreneurial capacity and skills, and;
  • Building networks, business partnerships and trade linkages.  

After the training the beneficiaries have been able to use their land titles to access loans from micro-finance and cooperatives to start small businesses.

Other beneficiaries have started a Basketry cooperative where they weave and sell their products at a large scale and this has enabled them to make savings for a better future

Some of the beneficiaries lauded the trainings as an eye opener for women emancipation and empowerment. She could never imagine of ever accessing a loan from a lending institution. To date she is a proud owner of a retail shop and she can take care of her children needs.


Thanks to the continued contributions and support from well-wishers through Global giving.

Beneficiaries Happy With the Basket Initiative
Beneficiaries Happy With the Basket Initiative
Nov 21, 2013

Enrolling HIV/AIDS women in income Generating Cooperatives

The women empowerment project has made tremendous strides in uplifting the livelihoods of HIV/Aids women.

The women have been facilitated to join cooperatives which will provide income such as Basketry weaving, tailoring and Brick making.

Women who have benefitted from these initiatives such as Uwimana Goretti cannot hide their joy. In her own words she boasts of an income which has made her not to feel a lesser person in society. She’s most proud that she’s been able to provide for herself and the children who depend on her consistently and with loving care. Previously she was discriminated against and also the stigma associated with her Hiv/Aids status made it impossible to make ends meet.

We appreciate our donors for making a difference in these women lives and look forward to more donations towards this cause.


Aug 26, 2013

Empowering HIV positive women to form cooperatives

Human Rights First Rwanda Association organized a two day workshop from the 2nd to 3rd July in Kamonyi District with Women who are HIV positive. The training dwelt on the advantages of forming cooperatives.

The women were informed of the benefits of working together in cooperatives, this are in terms of selling their produce to larger markets and securing loans from lending institutions.

The beneficiary women  after  workshop  were happy to know that they could secure loans easily through cooperatives because previously it was hard for them to approach lending institutions indvidually  because of stigma in society associated with being HIV positive. Hence this would also boost their livelihoods.


May 28, 2013

Giving out livestocks to benefeciaries

Human Rights First Rwanda Association through this project of empowering HIV/Aids women  contributed Live-stocks to women who are HIV/Aids in Kamonyi to boost their nutrition and Income.

The first bunch of the women to receive the livestock  are happy in that the milk has boosted their health and the manure obtained from the animals has been used as fertilizer to their crops which has lead to increment in their farm yields.

In order to maximize the impact of the project the first beneficiaries are tasked to give out a calf once the cow produces to another member of the group.

With the newly acquired livestock the women who were shunned in the community have elevated their status in society and hence this has made them to have hope in life and  to live productive lives.

Feb 25, 2013

Training of Hiv postive women on fighting stigma and discrimination

 Human Rights First Rwanda Association (heinafter Hrfra)  promotes human rights education and provide legal assistance to poor and vulnerable groups in the Rwandan community at Large.

It  empowers  individuals and groups to campaign for their own rights and the human rights of others. it envisages a just and equitable society and strives to empower as well as promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights, good governance and rule of law in Rwanda.

Hrfra through the project of empowering 500 Rwandan Women Living with HIV/Aids conducted a training with 100 women from Kamony District living with Hiv/Aids  from  the 12-14 February 2013. The trainings were aimed at equipping the beneficiaries  with the skills to fight stigma and discrimination.

The trainings dwelt on Human Rights and the right not to be discriminated against, entrepreneurship skills to enable them to start income generating activities to fight poverty , They were also  taught  Life supporting skills of positive living and thinking.

At the end of the training the pre-post evaluation revealed that the women had acquired knowledge to fight stigma and look at Hiv/aids not as a death sentence but as disease that an individual can live with and have a productive and fulfilled life.

The benefeciaries were encouraged to form support groups and networks to fight discrimation and for personal life support.


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Project Leader

Nzovu Job Ruzage

Kigali, Rwanda

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