Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Umuzabibu Mwiza, home to Handspun Hope, while in Rwanda!
During the atrocities of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the rare skill of spinning wool into yarn was completely lost. However in 2008, True Vineyard Ministries reintroduced this craft, along with Merino sheep to Rwanda, so the craft could employ widows and abandoned women.
As you visit Umuzabibu Mwiza, witness firsthand this remarkable project and meet the women as they participate in the age old craft of spinning yarn from the fleeces of their own flock of Merino sheep. Using only hand tools and spinning wheels, discover how the women create organic yarn and dye it naturally with native plant materials such as cosmos petals, onionskins and eucalyptus leaves.
After your tour, you will have an opportunity to purchase Handspun Hope yarn and hand knit products, once only available through social business partners such as Kate Spade & Company and Indego Africa. Our newest collection includes hats for all ages, blankets… and even baby gorillas! We are certain you will find the perfect Handspun Hope keepsake to take home from your trip to Rwanda!
Visit Us in Musanze / Ruhengeri
We are open daily, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Tours are given, as space is available. It is highly recommended that reservations be made in advance. Credit card payments are only available in advance through our reservation page.
You should expect to visit Umuzabibu Mwiza for 1.5 to 2 hours. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and don’t forget to bring your camera! The women of Handspun Hope love to have their photos taken!
- Beginning at Ruhengeri Hospital travel west on Ruhengeri - Gisenyi Road (RN4) towards Gisenyi for 3.5 kilometers
- Turn left (southbound) at Ines University.
- Immediately bear right at the fork in the road and travel 1.2 kilometers until you see Umuzabibu Mwiza on the right, just past Susa Primary School.