People Encircled Together Cooperative
The women of the Abibumbye Cooperative do not consider themselves merely co-workers or even friends. They consider themselves a family that helps each other grow and flourish, working together to overcome poverty.
One of their few requirements for joining the group is a willingness to teach and share their skills with other cooperative members. The women pride themselves on the diversity of their talents and their ability to come together as one group to perfect their crafts.
The cooperative has been working together in Muhanga District since 2008 and has over 20 members. The women of Abibumbye Cooperative primarily craft phone purses, woven bowls and woven pots.
This 'family' has many aspirations, mainly to become a larger cooperative with their own workshop and marketplace. With a larger cooperative they would have more resources to create associations with more diverse purposes, like cultivating and farming.