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Nyamirambo Women's Center

Kigali, Rwanda
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About Nyamirambo Women's Center
NWC was founded in 2008 as a self-help group and quickly grew to become a center that offers free education for women in the Nyamirambo neighbourhood. Today women can join the center for classes in English, literacy, computer, sewing and handicrafts. NWC also organises workshops on Gender Equality, Women's rights and gender-based violence. In 2014 a community library was opened offering books in Kinyarwanda, French and English. In an effort to develop income-generating activities for the center but also for the women of the community, NWC developed a community-based tourism project that offers guided cultural walks in Nyamirambo and Umutima, a new line of household and children's products.
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wayfarer324 wrote a review Mar 2021
27 contributions30 helpful votes
We had a wonderful visit to the NWC and took their cooking class as well as the walking tour. The food from the class was delicious and the experience was fun making dishes in an outdoor kitchen at a nearby home. The walking tour was very informative and we gained an appreciation for the diversity and history of the neighborhood. The center does wonderful work and supports a growing number of women in the area. Would recommend!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Travel2gogo wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York629 contributions21 helpful votes
Did a wonderful tour here in Jan 2020. A fantastic way to see parts of Kigali you won't see otherwise, in a lively and interesting part of town. Plus, it is a great way to support the economic empowerment of women, while also (if you want to, and in a low-pressure way) picking up some very stylish homemade souvenirs. Our tour included a first-rate lunch cooked in a local home. I would have been thrilled to eat half that well in every meal on our trip. In retrospect, we wished we had booked a second tour with them as well. Our tour guide was a college student, and was a pro at the tour. I quite love this model of tourism (i.e., supporting female-focused social enterprise, while having a rich cultural experience, and interacting with local people.) I seek it out everywhere I visit in the world; there aren't enough places like it. This is one of the best, partly due to its locally-grown, relatively small scale set up. I'm so glad we got to spend time there. *** TIP *** Anyone who enjoys this type of tourism should also (or ideally stay 1-2 nights at) the truly lovely Urugo Eco-Lodge, located 2-3 hours outside of Kigali and operated by the fabulous Women for Women International. It's pretty posh - while also being moderately priced. It is also about 45 minutes from a major safari park. These were two of the best commercial(-ish) cultural experiences we had in an almost-six week trip to E. Africa.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Nicole wrote a review Apr 2020
Delft, The Netherlands9 contributions1 helpful vote
At 9 am I arrived at the NWC for my cooking workshop. It was a great experience to cook over 8 traditional dishes on briquettes. During the cutting, chatting and cooking I learnt a lot about Rwandan traditions and life style. Suddenly 3 hours had passed and it was time to share our meal with the people that joined the walking tour that started in the morning at 10am. The food was the best food I had in Kigali! I would recommend everybody to do the cooking workshop, have the lunch, and then do a 1 hour walking tour. As a female solo traveler in Kigali. I felt very much at ease using the mototaxi's to go places.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Paula W wrote a review Mar 2020
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Loved meeting the women here and seeing them doing their work. Bought a beautiful purple woven basket.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Eric T wrote a review Mar 2020
Chappaqua, New York118 contributions71 helpful votes
We took a one hour walking tour (which was an abbreviated version), and we had such a great experience. It was interesting learning more about the life of local Rwandans and walking through streets I wouldn't otherwise see. I will say that one hour felt totally adequate - I think the two hour version would be too slow - BUT we really loved our tour. The guide was amazing, and the staff in the center are fantastic. The shop has really great and unique gifts/memories to bring back with you, and, of course, all serving a really fantastic cause!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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