Kigali — With the introduction of the Rwandan programme of empowering women, hence helping them get a better living, many women have gone into business and therefore have been able to not only develop themselves, but also the community they work from.
Gloria Kamanzi Uwizera, is from a business family and all she can say is that it is because of her grandfather and her mother that she got involved in business at an early age.
Kamanzi is a 33-years-old woman entrepreneur, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glo Creations Rwanda, a company which deals mainly in designing and manufacturing of interior decorations which range from furnished fabrics to clothing and other art accessories.
"My parents are of Rwandan origin and I have two sisters. I started my primary education from Rwanda moving to DR Congo later and then on to Uganda and then back to Rwanda to finish my high schools studies," she says.
"From there I went to study from Senegal Dakar in an Institute of marketing, accounting and international marketing," says Kamanzi.
She says that at the age of 11 she started he own business while still in Senegal and this was in the line of hand printing.
"In 2004, I was fully involved in business and here I was still living in Dakar and after one year, I decided to bring this kind of business Rwanda," she recalls.
I remember I started with a capital of US$50 with no employee untill after two years, since this business was not so common in Rwanda.
"In 2007, I managed to hire one employee with whom I worked with for quite some time, and as of now I have about 5 employees," she says.
"Glo Creations happens to be a Rwandan textile and clothing design company and therefore it is renowned for its original handprints and colors," said Kamanzi who added that this has made the company common for the unique design brands in textile designing.
Kamanzi says she has been able to achieve a lot from this business she started as a young girl.
"I have been able to build a reputation from what I can offer and again I have impacted the lives of people I work with," she reveals.
Like any other business, she faces challenges which include getting the right and good quality raw materials locally, and getting qualified and competent employees in the creative industry, but with hope all will be well in future.
Kamanzi wants to grow her business locally expanding its line of products in home décor and clothing and making known its brand as a textile and clothing designing brand regionally and all over Africa plus the world at large.
"I cannot say I know the current value business but I can only say it has been moving to higher levels ever since I started it," she says.
She encourages women not to fear starting up business since if they do so they can actually make a difference and impact the lives of the Rwanda community starting with their own families.
She says that the employees she has now are able to take care of their basic needs, and this has helped them improve on their standards of living.
Kamanzi says that sometimes one may not realize what she is doing for the community and she says that she not only does provide employment to the community but also shares her story with different people, which is a source of inspiration to many.
"This has helped many young girls in Rwanda and has also in a small way inspired women not lag behind in development," she says.
Her products are not only sold here in Rwanda but to different other countries in the region.