Our story

OUR STORY

On May 12, 2012, James and Sarah Sasson founded Kula Project. They began with the belief that poverty was not a lack money but a lack of opportunity, and if organizations could invest in the ideas and businesses of people living in poverty, together, they could change the future for generations to come. While they set out to do just that, the first two years brought many failures and hard lessons, and it wasn’t until January of 2014 that they began to find their footing.

Sarah and James spent a month in Rwanda listening and learning, and they knew that Rwanda was the place they were supposed to be. So they completed their current projects in Kenya, Swaziland, and Jamaica, and focused all of their efforts on the beautiful country in the heart of Africa. Since then, Kula has worked solely in Rwanda alongside the most remarkable women and men who are doing everything in their power to create a life of peace and prosperity for their children.

WHERE WE WORK

RWANDA, EAST AFRICA
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OUR TEAM

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SARAH BUCHANAN-SASSON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER

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FRED NSENGIYUMVA

DIRECTOR OF IMPACT

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FELICIEN TUMUHAWENIMANA

NORTHERN PROVINCE FARM TRAINER

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PATIENCE MURUNGI

NORTHERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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ALAIN MBANE

EASTERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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NIC LAUTEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

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JACQUELINE ABAKUNZI

LIDDY WOMEN'S CENTER MANAGER

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IMMACULEE KYINANSABIMANA

AGRIBUSINESS DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR

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ALEX MULISA

NORTHERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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JESCAH KAYITESI

EASTERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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EGIDE MURINDABABISHA

COUNTRY DIRECTOR

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PHILOMENA DUSABIMANA

COKO WOMEN'S CENTER MANAGER

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DIANE AKIMANA

WOMEN'S CENTER BUSINESS COORDINATOR

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BERTHINE NIJYEMBERE

NORTHERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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ASSUMPTA INGABIRE

EASTERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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LINDSAY PIGFORD

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

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ODILLE UWAYEZU

EASTERN PROVINCE FARM TRAINER

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DELPHINE HABAKWITONDA

WEAVING DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR

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DAVID IRABIZI

NORTHERN PROVINCE MENTOR

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SCHADRACK TUYISHIME

EASTERN PROVINCE MENTOR

OUR CREATIVE PARTNERS

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ZAC HOLBEN

VIDEOGRAPHER

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BOBBY NEPTUNE

PHOTOGRAPHER

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EMMA REBEIN

PHOTOGRAPHER

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS

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RYAN PERNICE

BOARD CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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AUBREY CODY

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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SARAH BUCHANAN-SASSON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DAVID VEAL

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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SAM FINLEY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Karen Houghton

KAREN HOUGHTON

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Tami_McQueen

TAMI MCQUEEN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS