Yahoo Employee Foundation
Yahoo Employee Foundation has supported Rwanda Knits with two one-year grants, the first for $32,000 in 2009 and the second for $40,000 in 2010. RK considers YEF its most important funding partner as, only through these grants has the organization been able to continue its business training of current and new Ingenzi Knit Union members. The 2010 grant will bring the IKU into 100% sustainability by the end of 2011.
Indego Africa, an innovative social enterprise, works with women artisans in Rwanda on a Fair Trade basis to create sustainable solutions to systemic poverty in East Africa. Indego sells the artisans' products to wholesale and retail customers in the US.
Generation Rwanda (formerly ORPHANS OF RWANDA)
Generation Rwanda supports secondary school students whose parents were killed during the genocide and other socially vulnerable youth in Rwanda. Through an program started by Indego Africa, interns work with the artisan women to do training and post-workshop follow-up to assure the information learned is both retained and practiced. Rwanda Knits has begun its own intern program to teach the women computer and business skills.
Dining for Women
United States Agency for International Development
USAID — Rwanda mission for USAID provided $99,000 grant to purchase the 600+ knitting machines and accessories and fund technical and business training for over 1,200 low-income Rwandan women.
Business Council for Peace
BPeace assists women business owners in conflict and post-conflict countries. Its primary countries of activity are Afghanistan and Rwanda. BPeace partners with Rwanda Knits to provide business training to the 17 cooperatives services by Rwanda Knits and expand its success to other artisan groups. Cari Clement is a member of BPeace.
United Nations Development Fund for Women
Senator Patrick Leahy
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
USA for UNHCR
Made For Peace
The Amber Chand Collection
Aid to Artisans
Rwanda Knits is part of the Centers for Social Responsibility (CSR), a registered 501c3 nonprofit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.