Colorful bangles, woven from banana leaves. Coming in a set of three these lightweight bangles are great by themselves or stacked with other bracelets. We often wear 6 or 7 at a time!
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
Twiyubake is a cooperative located in Kayonza, a town located about 30 miles outside of Kigali. Twiyubake is comprised of about 28 talented artisans, who are best known for their beautiful banana leaf products.
Twiyubake consists of genocide widows that work side-by-side with the wives of the men who were responsible for killing their families. Twiyubake's cooperative fosters unity and reconciliation as these women work together, learn from each other and assist each other in creating sustainable income.
Before beginning work with the Twiyubake Cooperative, many of these women had no access to running water or marketing opportunities and the majority of members were illiterate. The women of Twiyubake have overcome overwhelming hardships and have thrived as they work together to create the banana leaf products they have reason to be so proud of.
Story Company, together with Indego Africa, is honored to be able to bring you the Twiyubake’s banana leaf bracelets and to be able to partner with these women, who are changing stories as they work together for a better future!
Twiyubake is a Cooperative located in Kayonza, a town located about 30 miles outside of Kigali. Kayonza is a small town in Kayonza district, Rwanda. The town is centred on a roundabout, where the road east from Kigali splits into the road running north to the Ugandan border, and the road south to Tanzania. Most families live in small mud huts or homes made of woven banana leaves. The Twiyubake Cooperative is not only known for it’s beautiful banana leaf products, but also for the joy they bring when visitors arrive in their town. as they greet the visitors at the Kayonza with songs and dancing!