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'Made In Rwanda': How Wool Is Helping Rwanda Boost Textile Exports

By: ACTIF, 5 Apr 2019
Summary/Brief
As early as 10,000 B.C., sheep have done their duty of clothing humanity. As one of the world's oldest textiles, it eventually became the backbone of England's economy in the 12th century. Wool has gradually lost its popularity, and only one percent of it was used globally in 2018. However, despite being a small market, this fiber is starting to make its mark in Rwanda, while also opening opportunities for some of the most vulnerable women in the country.


As early as 10,000 B.C., sheep have done their duty of clothing humanity. As one of the world's oldest textiles, it eventually became the backbone of England's economy in the 12th century.

Wool has gradually lost its popularity, and only one percent of it was used globally in 2018.
However, despite being a small market, this fiber is starting to make its mark in Rwanda, while also opening opportunities for some of the most vulnerable women in the country.
Musanze in northern Rwanda is the country's most mountainous region. It's here that the organization, Handspun Hope, teaches women how to make hand-made knit apparel out of merino sheep and angora rabbit wool.
Triphonie Abahire, the production manager of Handspun Hope, said they are currently the only ones in Rwanda who process wool for clothing.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/02/africa/made-in-rwanda-wool-industry/




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