After six months of functional literacy training, the women graduate into the vocational training program. This program teaches the most vulnerable groups; older women and women in their twenties who were orphaned during the genocide, to use their skills to earn a living rather than waiting for government assistance.
ARDR empowers these Women’s Associations to use their skills sewing and making traditional Rwandan baskets in an enterprise environment. They elect a book-keeper to keep track of their sales and they learn how to manage the fruits of their labor.
The Women’s Association began outside under a tree but ARDR has been able to build a building so they can work indoors and not be subjected to inclement weather. Their next objective is to raise money to run electricity to the building because the women would like to work longer hours and not be bound by daylight.