We Come Out of Poverty Cooperative
The Twivanemubukene Cooperative began in April 2007 with 15 members. These women – neighbors and members of the same parish – chose to come together in order to fight poverty and to share skills in handicrafts. Many group members are widows who had been struggling to care for their families. They are united by their faith and determination, looking past differences of age or ethnic group.
Today, the women of Twivanembukene specialize in making photo frames and placemats from banana leaf and palm leaf. They also craft Banana Panel Cubes. The majority of the crafting work is done by each member in her home. Every Monday and Friday afternoon, the cooperative gathers to work together, practicing their skills and most importantly, encouraging, teaching and coaching each other. They discuss issues such as family planning, they sing and pray together. Each week the members make a small contribution to the group which is used to benefit the members.