Marketplace & Gift Shop

The Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center maintains market stalls, creative spaces and food production facilities to enable women to produce and sell handmade and traditional crafts and food products, earning income to support their families. Rwandan handicrafts are unique and based on traditional art forms that date back centuries.

At the Marketplace and gift shop you will find baskets, beaded jewelry, hand-carved wooden items, traditional Imigongo paintings, clothing, fabrics and décor handmade by our vocational training participants.

Artisans in Residence

Visit the creative “pods” and work spaces built from clay bricks, made by a local women’s cooperative and designed in such a way, the Rwandan women can work together in cohesiveness. Watch as talented artisans weave baskets and create traditional Imigongo paintings. Learn the meanings of traditional designs and craft forms. 


Farm-fresh yoghurt

You can also see women making organic yogurt in the center’s farm kitchen. The food production facility supplies yoghurt to commercial establishments including hotels, restaurants and shops in the eastern province and in Kigali.  Tour the operation and learn how our food production facility is supporting women’s economic empowerment, and enjoy tasty samples!

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Supporting Women’s Economic Development

When you shop at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, you’re supporting the social and economic development of local women and surrounding communities. Since 2013, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center has provided a secure, supportive environment where women can find support, access resources, and build life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.