Indego Africa first partnered with VisionSpring, a social enterprise committed to global poverty reduction through the sale of affordable eyeglasses, in July 2011. Driven by the knowledge that poor eyesight causes significant problems for many artisans, the two organizations teamed up again last month to provide vision testing and eyeglasses for the women of Ejo Hazaza.
|Epiphanie Murekatete, president of Ejo Hazaza, with her new glasses.|
Ejo Hazaza is a beading cooperative located 10 km. outside of Kigali. Formed in 2005, the cooperative now includes 29 women, all of whom came from refugee camps and are HIV+. "Ejo Hazaza" translates to "Beads of Tomorrow," and alludes to the artisan's hope for a better future. Already, Ejo Hazaza artisans have expressed their desire to learn English in order to access international markets to sell their glass, paper, and textile beads.