When her family was displaced by the Rwandan Genocide, Shimirimana lost everything. She joined other women in a co-operative in a remote village in Tanzania, where she now uses her traditional basket-weaving skills to provide for her family. This steady income has allowed Shimirimana to put her children through school and purchase a plot of land in a region where women's ownership of property is uncommon. She is able to grow crops for food and additional income, and rents sections out to other women who grow crops for their families. Shimirimana has a sense of home and the immense respect from her community.