At only nine years old, Rosemary lost her father, aunts, and uncles to the atrocities of the Rwandan Genocide. Rosemary, one of Teresa’s daughters, spent the seemingly endless months in a refugee camp, but was forced to hide at night when the Hutus invaded these camps at sunset. During one of these raids, her brother was thrown into a thirty-foot hole and left to die, a loss that Rosemary could not bear after already losing so many close to her. Thankfully, he survived this fate.
After the genocide, Rosemary dropped out of school to support her family, because her mother was plagued with a heart issue. However, it was her husband that encouraged her to pursue her love of sewing and work at the Amahoro co-op. She agreed to this, and since then the co-op has had an incredibly positive impact on Rosemary, and was the outlet that allowed her to express and contend with the hurt she’d been living with since the genocide. Today, with the earnings from her work, she has been able to send all three of her children and two of the neighboring children to school. She hopes that one day her children will graduate from school and dedicate their lives to helping others, as she has.