Fidele's Shoemaking Enterprise

Fidele selects two deaf assistants to learn shoemaking

Fidele has been supported by Rwanda Action since he was a young boy. He relies on a wheelchair due to the effects of polio on his legs. Since 2018, he has been interested in learning to make shoes and after some initial experience in a local shoemaking enterprise, we found him a one-year residential course. He returned to the Alivera Centre in November 2020.

The construction of the Alivera Village gave provided him with a workshop in which to establish his business where now teaches trainees skills through work experience. Fidele was really keen to get started so he compiled a list of the basic equipment and materials he needed and we created a temporary space at the Alivera Centre while he was waiting to move into his new workshop.

As soon as the equipment arrived, Fidele wasted no time in getting set up and finding two eager assistants. Aline and Obed are both deaf and like Fidele, they use sign language. At 19 years old, having been supported through primary school by Rwanda Action, they have had no opportunities for further education or employment. With the enthusiasm and dedication they have demonstrated so far, we are confident of their success.

Felix, who manages the Alivera Centre, describes Fidele, Obed and Aline as very keen and courageous!