About Ubushobozi

Skills training for at-risk young women and girls Ubushobozi is a nonprofit vocational skills training center in Musanze, Rwanda, founded in 2008 by Jeanne Siporin, Alan Siporin, and Laura Boyea. Ubushobozi seeks to end the cycle of poverty through education and skills training in sewing, weaving, crocheting, and more. Teenage girls and young women in Rwanda are grossly neglected and vulnerable to the continued devastating effects of poverty; the girls of Ubushobozi Project have the opportunity to flourish and sustain themselves in a structured, nurturing, and supportive environment.
Two girls and a sewing machine Jeanne Siporin and Laura Boyea saw a gap in services for teenage girls who were left out of education programs for younger children. These girls, many of them orphans, were forced by circumstance to become heads of household, supporting themselves and other family members, their employment opportunities limited to farming and housekeeping. Jeanne knew several seamstresses from the local market and saw a way she could fill the gap. She offered sewing lessons to two local girls from the village. Chantal and Aline were Ubushobozi's first students and the project has grown to include 11 students and eight local teachers and staff since 2008.
Beyond sewing Ubushobozi provides each student a sewing machine, sewing instruction, fabric and all related materials, and an outlet for selling her creations. In addition, students are provided with a weekly stipend, a daily nutritious meal, and instruction in English, mathematics, computers, health and sex education, and traditional dance. Traditional Rwandan basket weaving was added to the curriculum in 2011, along with crochet, and yoga was introduced in 2012. Ubushobozi also provides the means to purchase coverage in Rwanda’s national health care plan to all students, staff, and members of their households. Students are accepted into Ubushobozi after extensive interviews and by peer recommendation based on these criteria: inability to attend school due to lack of fees; orphaned or head of household; living below the poverty line; or unemployment. Visit Meet Us to learn more about the students, staff, and volunteers, or click Donate to find out how you can get involved.

Donate Today

Your contribution provides young women and girls with life-changing opportunities.

  [one_half] Contributions of any size are welcome — even a little bit goes a long way. Here is an example of how your dollars work wonders:
  • $48 — Sewing materials for one month
  • $48 — Food for all Ubushobozi members for one month
  • $32 — Provide a monthly stipend for a senior level Ubushobozi girl
  • $25 — Provide a monthly stipend for a junior level Ubushobozi girl
  • $20 — Provide a monthly stipend for an apprentice level Ubushobozi girl

Please consider one of these donation levels when making your contribution:
Friendship (Ubucuti) Level: $10
Silver (Ifeza) Level: $25
Gold (Izahabu) Level: $50
Power (Ubushobozi) Level: $100

Please make checks payable to:
Ubushobozi Project
421 State Route 95
Moira, New York 12957

[/one_half][one_half_last] Where Your Money Goes
Donations to Ubushobozi help us purchase fabric and weaving supplies, sewing machines, food, and educational materials, as well as provide weekly stipends for the students and compensate the local teachers and security staff . All administrative and fundraising support is performed by volunteers. Your donations go directly to the project. Other Ways to Give
If you would like to donate goods to the Ubushobozi Project, we are in particular need of gently used PC laptops and digital cameras, yarn, yoga mats, blocks, and straps. Please email info@ubushobozi.org to donate or contribute to the purchase of a specific item.

Murakoze cyane! Thank you!


Please consider making a contribution to Ubushobozi today!