Janet Nkubana, 2008 Africa Prize Laureate
Remarks by Janet Nkubana, 2008 Laureate for the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger at the Gala Award Ceremony in New York, New York on October 18, 2008. Janet Nkubana spent her childhood in a refugee camp in Uganda, where she became an expert basket weaver. After the devastating war and genocide, she returned to her native Rwanda, where she organized rural women into a basket weaving cooperative, Gahaya Links. Now, Gahaya Links is nearly 4,000 weavers strong, and the women in the cooperative are earning incomes and pulling themselves and their families out of crippling poverty.