NYAMIRAMBO WOMEN'S CENTER WALKING TOUR
Nyamirambo Women’s Center is a Rwandan NGO that was launched in late 2007 by 18 Rwandese women living near Nyamirambo in Kigali. Nyamirambo women came together and created a project that focused on addressing gender-based violence, discrimination, and gender inequality, Nyamirambo Women center’s mission is to promote education and vocational training to women who are unprivileged to pay for their own training, with an aim of providing better employment opportunities for them.
By late 2013 Nyamirambo women's center had introduced a new product line called “Umutima,” which means “heart” in Kinyarwanda of Rwanda. With the Umutima project, the Nyamirambo women's center started training and employing women from the local community in order to create a vast of women’s accessories, home décor products, and children’s clothing. At the moment Nyamirambo women's center has more than 50 women being employed by the Umutima project as seamstresses. Umutima project and Nyamirambo women's center have developed into a unique, self-sustaining model that the profits earned from the Umutima project fund NWC initiatives among others.
Nyamirambo Women's Center offers to tourists a unique personal clue into the Rwandan ‘culture, history, and daily life of the local people within the Nyamirambo community. All the tour guides at Nyamirambo women center grew up within Nyamirambo or live here now, Nyamirambo walking tour truly welcomes travelers into our homes. The profits earned from nyamirambo walking tours go back into the NWC that are used to pay seamstresses a fair wage and fund other local community initiatives including free literacy classes, workshops on women’s rights, nutrition, and health, periodic sewing courses, library with afternoon programming for children, and English classes,
Nyamirambo walking tour is mostly popular for offering tourists an experience on foot where the tour begins at Nyamirambo Women’s Center with a Rwandan traditional snack, a first Kinyarwanda language lesson, and guides will introduce to you the Center and all its activities. It then takes you to Nyamirambo, one of Kigali’s long-ago neighborhoods. Along the way your guide takes you to participate into the women's hairdressing salon where adventurous type gets high, they will provide for you a free braid, go into a family compound and pound cassava leaves, enjoy the views of Kigali at two mosques overlooking Kigali, move into the shop as you check for the beautiful African fabrics being styled on the streets. Nyamirambo walking tour ends with a traditional lunch cooked and served at the home of Aminatha, Nyamirambo Women center's best cook.