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San Diego Business Helping Rwandans Thrive 20 Years After Genocide

Aired 4/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Greg Stone, CEO/Founder, All Across Africa

Transcript

An amazing human story is unfolding in Rwanda, the Central African country where 20 years ago this month, an unbelievably brutal massacre occurred. An estimated 1 million people were killed, many by their own neighbors. Political rivalry between the Hutus and the Tutsis led to the genocide which shocked the world. Now 20 years later, reconciliation is still an ongoing process.

All Across Africa

Hutus and Tutsis women joining together to basket weave. Their baskets are sold in the U.S. helping the community rebuild.

One of the organizations actively working in the area is San Diego-based All Across Africa. The business is helping create jobs and bring together Hutu and Tusi to get to the issues that divide them and work on creating reconciliation.

Post-genocide many women who had become widows also ha to become breadwinners. Through All Across Africa, (a fair trade certified benefit corporation) some 3,000 of them are employed as basket weavers.

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