The Japanese non-profit organization, Reborn Kyoto that gives high training to Rwanda students in textile fabrication was officially launched in Kigali on January 30, 2014.
The three year project worth US$ 800,000 and the first in Africa started in September 2013 with 52 young Rwandan trainees.
Speaking at the launch the President of Reborn Kyoto Masayo Kodama urged students to use their skills for self employment and creating opportunities for other people.
H.E. Kazuya Ogawa the Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda said his government is committed to supporting Rwanda in Human Resource development as the country strives to promote a knowledge-based economy.
Rebork Kyoto currently targets economically disadvantaged youth in Kigali (aged 16-35), especially women selected from the districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge
Claudine Mukeshimana one of the trainees said this training has made her believe she can live an independent life.
“I had little hope in using any skill to change my standard of living but after this training I only need a startup capital,” Mukeshimana said.
The State Minister in charge of TVET Albert Nsengiyumva commended support from the Japanese government in skills development and pledged Rwanda’s contribution in expanding the project to other parts of the country.
He also encouraged the training center to form a production unit so as to generate revenue and also using local raw materials to minimize the cost of production.
The initiative is to enable Rwandans develop skills in the fabrication of high standard Japanese clothes (Kimonos) and later on ‘made in Rwanda products’.
The organization plans to establish a production unit to enable trainees gain income by using skills acquired.
According to Yasuko Yamahira the Executive Officer of Reborn Kyoto, by the time these students end their training in June 2014 they will be able to make various garments including African ‘Kitenge’.
The organization also plans to open up a shop where different clients will find products made by these students.