Back in March, I travelled with Taylors of Harrogate to Rwanda to photograph their Extraordinary Journey. With so many memories, stories and photos… I’m going to share them across three journal entries.
One of my most unforgettable experiences was sitting in on Women For Women classes in Gikondo learning skills such as: sales and marketing, health and family planning, loans and budgeting. Most of the women, who are sponsored on their year-long courses through donations, are single mothers who attend with their younger children.
We also visited the Women’s Opportunity Centre in Kayonza to learn about the brilliant work that Women For Women - a charity that Taylors have supported for many years - do across Rwanda. The centre’s objective is to “empower its community, create economic opportunities and rebuild social infrastructure”.
Jumping into a 4x4, we drove to a farming collective of Women For Women graduates, who recently won a business competition and invested their winnings in an irrigation system. We couldn’t stop taking photos of their beautiful organic vegetables… which they found absolutely hilarious. By the way we ‘ooh’ed and ‘aah’ed, the farmers must’ve thought we’d never seen a beetroot in our lives.