Gallery: Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Thro...


We live in a world where it’s clear that traditional humanitarian aid creates dependency rather than sustainable independence, and the people who should have a say when it comes to their own lives often don’t get the opportunity to be a part of the discussion. There is an apparent need for business that can create a steady income and independence. Songa Designs does this by designing high-quality fashion accessories while providing employment to Rwandan artisans and cooperatives in rural communities that have little or no market access. The word Songa means “summit” in the Rwandan language Kinyarwanda, and “continue forward” in the wide spread east- and central african language Swahili. Songa Designs believe that business can move people forward and help them reach their own personal summits.

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