The ABARI COLLECTIVE, a RICHARD’S RWANDA initiative started in 2018, is an entrepreneurship jewelry project that enables dignified employment for young Rwandan women in the Bugesera District.

We seek to meet the needs of low-income women graduating from secondary school in Nyamata, Rwanda, with little ability to pursue higher education and few skills to enter a competitive job market.

By training women in metal jewelry production, The Abari Collective ensures a unique product with viable markets and creates a strong community of Rwandan female metal-smiths—the first in the country.

The Abari Collective empowers women through four priority programs: Vocational training (Jewelry Making), ICT, Entrepreneurship, and Communications skills (English especially). A combination of facilitated learning sessions allows the women to learn business and English language skills to become creative entrepreneurs of their own jewelry line and leaders in their community.