Umatima Woven Pouch
Description: Handcrafted in Rwanda by our partners at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center, these woven taco-shaped clutches are beautifully lined with Kitenge fabric and a tassel accent. Perfect to hold a few essentials during summer parties!
Dimensions: 10"W x 5"H
Material: Product is made from all-natural fibers of sisal and sweet grass
Details: Zippable clutch with royal blue or brown tassel and patterned interior. Brown zipper pull and tassel pouch comes in teal and lime/ white floral interior. Royal blue zipper pull and tassel pouch comes in turquoise interior.
Made in: Rwanda
* All products from the Umatima line are ethically sourced and empower women overcoming gender-based violence, gender inequality, and discrimination in Rwanda.
Umatima Woven Pouch
Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC), a Rwandan NGO, was launched at the end of 2007 by 18 Rwandese women living in Nyamirambo, Kigali. Together they created a project which aimed to address gender-based violence, gender inequality and discrimination. Today, NWC’s mission is to provide education and vocational training to women who do not have the means to pay for such training on their own, so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.
At the end of 2013 NWC launched the product line “Umutima,” which means “heart” in Kinyarwanda. With this project, NWC trains and employs women from the community to create a large variety of women’s accessories, children’s clothing, and home decor products. At the moment there are over 50 women employed by Umutima as seamstresses. Umutima and NWC have grown into a unique, self-sustaining model where the profits earned through Umutima are used to fund NWC initiatives, in addition to providing benefits and a fair wage to the seamstresses.
How it's made
From high quality kitenge fabrics and natural plant leaves, the women of Umutima Cooperative craft products that are hand-sewn in their workshop in Kigali, Rwanda. The artisans add beautiful details with embroidery and rattan that bring a level of detail that adds to the flair of these beautiful pieces.