When Janet Nkubana started her handicraft business, Gahaya Links, in the mid-1990s, she dreamed of empowering fellow Rwandan women though fair trade. Two decades later, that dream has become a reality: Gahaya Links employs more than 4,000 Rwandans and sells products to major international retailers, including Macy’s Inc.
Nkubana, her company and her employees are among beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a U.S. law that allows for freer trade between America and Africa. Sixteen years after that law took effect, two-way trade between the U.S. and Africa was valued at nearly $50 billion in 2016 — a $10 billion increase since 2000. Read more. Source | Share America