Good Paper, Rwanda
Delight. Encouragement. Joy. Hope.
CARDMAKER SINCE 2012
Like many of her generation, Yvette is too young to remember much of the 1994 Rwandan genocide—
but she’s old enough to feel its effects. When the dust settled, Yvette was an orphan. Yvette and
her two sisters dropped out of school. They ate once a day, or not at all, and it was difficult to find
clothes to wear. They scrounged for work, which was often grueling and short-lived. Yvette describes
that time as one of great sorrow and loneliness. Joining Good Paper changed everything. With her
fair-trade wage, she rents a house, eats a balanced diet, and plans for her future. At work, she races
her coworkers and relishes the feeling of surpassing her goal. Using Good Paper as a model, she
dreams of starting her own sustainable business. She is clothed with strength, beauty, and dignity,
and because of cardmaking, she once again allows herself to have hope for the days to come.