An association of Metis or biracial people, the Association des Métis au Rwanda (AMERWA), in partnership with the Bank of Kigali, has supported the saving and developing groups of women whose children were abandoned by their foreign fathers.
The groups of women carry out different income-generating activities under Zamuka Mugore Initiative. This woman-centred product aims at empowering underserved Rwandan women who have been in business for at least one year with an approved business model.
Association des Métis au Rwanda seeks to help the women-whose children who were abandoned by their foreign fathers- defeat solitude in society and shape their vision for a bright future.
The women currently don’t know the whereabouts of their children’s foreign fathers.
The association groups the women into the saving and development associations.
The event is to financially support the outstanding groups of these women in the Kigarama sector.
The head of the Association des Métis au Rwanda, Alain Numa, said that the women’s groups are aimed to help such women in the development journey and destigmatisation.
“These women whose children were abandoned by their foreign fathers are stigmatised as they are called sex workers. This is not right. Therefore, we decided to create these groups so that they are supported in various ways and feel integrated into society,” he said.
Association des Métis au Rwanda has been supporting women with children abandoned by their foreign fathers in various ways, including exploring the whereabouts of their fathers’ whereabouts under the support of different partners and the government.
Geneviève Kayesu, the Coordinator of the women’s council in the City of Kigali, commended the efforts by AMERWA in striving for women’s development.
She urged the women to put more effort into developing themselves by designing viable projects.