Women for Women International

Rwanda & Kosovo

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has helped more than 478,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. They serve women in 8 countries and in refugee communities, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.

WfWI brings women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Once enrolled, each receives a monthly stipend – a vital support that enables her to participate.

Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in-demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. This ripple effect is profound.

At Peace by Piece International, we partner with artisans in two Women for Women International communities: Kosovo and Rwanda.

Women for Women International - Kosovo

Women in Kosovo struggle for economic and social equality in a patriarchal society that offers limited job opportunities. During the Kosovo War in 1999, an estimated 20,000 Kosovar women were subjected to systematic rape. In the years following, rates of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking have remained high.

seamstress from women for women international kosovo
hand embroidered gift product from Kosovo

Since 1999, Women for Women International – Kosovo has served more than 33,000 women through their yearlong program.

women for women international members of Kosovo

Peace by Piece is proud to work with graduates of WfWI’s program in Kosovo. There we contract with accomplished seamstresses and embroiderers who make our covered journal covers and other custom business accessories you can find on our Event & Employee gifts page.

Women for Women International Rwanda - Women's Opportunity Center (WOC)

basket weaving from wfwi rwanda members

Contributing to the Rwandan government’s Vision 2020 and Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Women’s Opportunity Center integrates economic transformation, rural development and productivity as a space of learning and renewal for thousands of WfWI program graduates, participants, and community members in the Kayonza area of Rwanda.

rwandan women making handmade products

The WOC also functions as a training and service hub for women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. Services include business mentoring, access to financial services and markets, cooperatives, and agri-business support.

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