Rwandan First Daughter Supports Social-Enterprise Supplier to Kate Spade

6/23/2015
Ange Kagame, First Daughter of Rwanda, visited The Abahizi Dushyigikirane Lt (ADC) independent fashion accessory factory in Masoro, Rwanda. ADC is a Rwandan owned social enterprise business, and is a globally compliant, certified supplier of Kate Spade & Company. ADC's products are exported and sold online and in retail stores all over the world for global lifestyle brands: kate spade new york and Jack Spade.

Ange Kagame has always had a keen interest in women empowerment and with this visit she was able to meet Rwandan, female independent manufacturers and personally speak to them about their business and plans for the future. "I have always felt that being independent is one of the most powerful assets a person can have," said Kagame. "I am proud of this program and truly enjoyed this visit."

Darius Habamenshi, acting managing director of ADC, states, "We are very proud to have Ms. Kagame visit us and take interest in what we have been working on for the past three years. We look forward to future opportunities of working with Ange in Rwanda."

ADC creates a new supplier for a rural community, which is structured as a for-profit social enterprise, where profits are reinvested into the community, the business and employees. The new supplier learns from industry experts the roadmap to become an independent, high functioning manufacturing partner to ensure commercial viability and sustainability. The successful for-profit social enterprise benefits the entire community, economically and socially.

ADC's partner Kate Spade & Company is a global fashion company that believes investing in women enables them to transform their communities. They have nearly 400 stores around the world including North America, the UK, Hong Kong and other international markets, where they sell ADC's products. They have made initial infrastructure and training investments in ADC.
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