The bulrush retains its smell for a long time, it bends well and can be easily shaped into various interior items. Often its necessary go long distances to find it. The bulrush is dried in the sun, and moistened with water prior to further treatment or processing. Traditionally, bulrush is spread out at night in the courtyard, as night humidity facilitates its subsequent processing. In order to weave the reeds, women get up at four in the morning, before their usual household chores.

Kimbilio, the Ruth’s story

Ruth Mmari is the Leader, heading a referral group for working with women and children in the diocese of Morogoro. It was her dream to open a shelter for women and girls. Ruth toured Finland twice, promoting this project. During the last event of the second tour in 2011, the hearts of the participants were finally lit up by this idea. The Church Community Lempäälä and many others started the implementation of project in 2012. The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) of the city of Lempäälä participated as a partner.

SideBySide places orders for goods through the executive director of Kimbilio shelter. The order is then delivered to women from rural communities in accordance with their skills and abilities. Women make products mostly at home, as well as at the Kimbilio shelter. Local SideBySide partners work with the Kimbilio shelter in the city of Morogoro (Tanzania). Ruth Mmari is the director of Kimbilio shelter. She also serves as the local executive director of SideBySide.

Erika Mligula:“I have a dream to complete the construction of the house, which my husband began to build before his death. ”




Lyidia Mbilinyi: “I create my products to raise money for the construction of roof of our house and to get an education. ”


Lusia Joel:
“I dream that my children can go to school.”