Amahoro Handcrafts was founded by Goreth Inarukundo on the premise of helping women who were in need for hope and healing. She trains them to sew and to create products that are sellable in local markets. Her efforts were not just in teaching a skill, but healing the women from the inside out. She teaches them Biblical principles that reinforce their worth and their purpose. She helps them provide for their families and become financially stable. She lovingly counsels on how to support and accept others no matter their beliefs or backgrounds. She created a beautiful community which she hopes to build once again.
Since March of last year, the sewing programm Amahoro has been disbanded because of lack of US sales, high workspace rent and the ability to gather to work. Throughout 2020, Empower for Hope’s Charlotte sales of custom-made African print skirts, and other donations have supported 16 artisan families. With the uncertainty of when sales will pick up, when air cargo will resume, we feel it is necessary to continue that monthly support.
For $150, a family can pay for housing, food and school fees for the month. Out of this $150, we will put $25 in an emergency fund that can be used for the families should the need arise. Oftentimes we need to help artisans with the repairs needed after common natural disasters such as flooding and mudslides. We also help artisans with medical bills and emergencies when necessary. Empower for Hope has been so fortunate to have been able to provide employment and support over the last 6 years. But we didn’t get here alone and we can’t go forward without a caring community behind us.
With two sponsors per Burundian family, at $75 each per month, we can bless 16 families and sustain them for this time. That means we just need 32 people to add us to their monthly charitable giving and we will have this problem solved!