“We pull this off,” says economic expert Alice Nkulikiyinka. In her voice the slightest doubt, not with swinging. This is an announcement. Point. Finally, it comes to the future of Rwanda. And to Would.

Dignity and the future have to do with the clothes that we want to here in Switzerland, in a Container, and still feel good. Finally, we donate for the poor in Africa.

Just want to now more, many African countries these dresses. And with good reason: Since about 40 years, Europe and the US is exporting all of your old clothes. On the African markets, these are sold since then, so cheap that the domestic textile industry exists today. The textile industry in East Africa was branches in the ‘ 70s, one of the most important Employment.

textile industry

Rwanda wants to build the change. Since this year, no used clothing from the West may be introduced. Rwanda wants to produce the clothes yourself. With a future total of up to 25’000 employees in the textile sector, the small country expects. President Paul Kagame said: “We must decide whether we will remain the recipients of used clothing or textile industry, want to build.” The decision had fallen to him easily, and have to do with Dignity.

Exactly Alice Nkulikiyinka means when she says: “We’ll get through this.” Because of Rwanda’s request, not more dependent on second-hand dresses, has met with resistance from the West.

As the country announced together with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, to stop the used clothing imports that threatened U.S. President Donald Trump, to renounce the free trade agreement African Growth and Opportunity. According to the Motto “America first”, he thought, first and foremost, the jobs and the money that was in the US lost could not be exported used clothing.

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania krebsten back, because they didn’t want to mess with the USA. Rwanda, however, showed themselves unimpressed. Even then, as a Trump for the country that is why actually from the free trade agreement excluded.

demand for support is large

Alice Nkulikiyinka is now in the midst of this upheaval that has gripped Rwanda for a few years and is now also developing its own textile industry. To participate in the future of their home country to participate, is Nkulikiyinka, who lived 25 years in Europe, returned, of which 16 are in Switzerland to Rwanda. There is not now working for the Swiss government, organization, BPN, the training in various developing countries, small businesses, and advises. Specifically, it is about long-term planning, and about taking responsibility in the economic system. This also includes fair working conditions.

The demand for the support of the Swiss NGOs is greater than the existing capacity and bears fruit. Many companies were able to position themselves already successful in the market and create jobs. There are also many young people among them, who have recognized a Problem and a solution to offer, Nkulikiyinka said.

A young Ruanderin was able to build with the support of BPN her own fashion label in Rwanda Clothing. Last year she presented her collection in Milan (I). It now has 40 employees and expanding your business.

In cooperation with the government of Nkulikiyinka advises currently, six textile entrepreneurs, who will in future manufacture garments for the domestic market. Previously, these produced, especially uniforms, and promotional clothes, for example, the Rwandan Airline.

nevertheless, It is a bold undertaking, the Rwandan population in the future, yourself dress. Even then, if the competition of the second-hand clothes is eliminated. The reason: cheap dresses from China. There are critics who say that a ban on the import, especially the Chinese, will support the other areas of great influence in Africa.

Regardless of development aid

Nkulikiyinka, but is not convinced that it will succeed: “The question is whether we can make it,” she says, “but how quickly.” And fast it needs to go: In Rwanda, despite the departure are still very many poor people who are dependent on cheap dresses.

Despite the difficulties, a change in thinking in many areas, said Nkulikiyinka. “People today are more conscious consumers of local clothes and products.” Because of Rwanda’s Vision, the economic expert, had not only to be independent of the swept clothes from the Western, but, more generally, of development assistance. Nkulikiyinka, of course, is convinced in this point: “Rwanda will do it!”