• Direct poverty reduction (for wood carvers and basket makers) through the export of handicraft articles to different destinations mainly in Europe (7 containers per year), through the promotion of tourism (handicraft village, sales shops, signposts for some 60 km of scenic off-road red-coloured "pistes" to destinations of value for tourists;
  • Increase of artisans' competitiveness and income through technical- and entrepreneurship training programmes as well as study tours (cost-sharing basis) and through the set-up of a credit scheme within the exporting cooperative COPABU, hence perpetuating their competitive edge;
  • Chamber's income generation of more than 30% of her budget through membership fees (voluntary membership), entrepreneurship and organisational training (mainly for <inter>national NGOs), motorbike taxi, secretarial services, artisans passport fees, rentals, etc.;
  • Craft sector organisation on national level through regular round table meetings, elaboration of a law governing the sector and a 5-years development plan in cooperation with the respective ministerial department;
  • Contribution to an effective decentralisation through the positioning of the federation within the private sector, supervision of internal democratic processes (elections, monitoring of finances, functioning of the member associations, take-over of responsibilities among the elected artisans, meeting culture, etc.);
  • Technical assistance to artisans through technical training programmes and study tours (cost-sharing), product development, innovation workshops, and invitation of European designers for high-performing (export) artisans in key branches
    (see picture)
  • Promotion assistance especially for the main exporting cooperative through the establishment of a webpage
    (www.copabu.co.rw), the printing of catalogues, the participation in national and international trade fairs (such as Ouagadougou, Leipzig, Mainz, Kampala), and brochures, folders and other publicity material.