Les femmes et les jeunes des Districts Muhanga et Kamonyi célèbrent leur rôle dans la promotion de la paix durable

Sous le financement d’Oxfam, DUHAMIC-ADRI est l’un des 11 partenaires qui exécutent le programme « Paix au delà des Frontières » ou « Peace Beyond Borders » au Rwanda. Ce programme a pour objectif de traiter les causes et les conséquences des conflits dans la Région des Grands Lacs. DUHAMIC-ADRI intervient dans les districts de Kamonyi et Muhanga et met une particularité sur la transformation des conflits fonciers dont les catégories des femmes et des jeunes en sont plus affectés. Ce programme intervient dans les secteurs Musambira, Kayenzi, Kayumbu, Muhanga, Cyeza et Rugendabali.

Outres les activités des dialogues communautaires, et les échanges en rapport avec la cohésion sociale et la consolidation de la paix ; DUHAMIC-ADRI a organisé des compétitions socio culturelles et sportives où les jeunes et les femmes ont exprimé leurs sentiments en rapport avec leurs besoins spécifiques pour leur développement. Le programme a financé 22 projets générateurs de revenus avec un appui de Sept million sept cent trente quatre mille francs rwandais (7.734.000Frw).
Fabrication des savons par le groupe ABIZERWA B dans le Secteur Muhanga.

DUHAMIC-ADRI Août 2015 - Fabrication des savons par le groupe ABIZERWA B dans le Secteur Muhanga Cyeza et Rugendabali.

Le groupe ABIZERWA B en cellule Kanyinya du secteur Muhanga réuni 16 femmes toutes veuves dont les veuves du Génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi en 1994, a reçu dans le cadre de ce programme un appui de 150.000Frw pour renforcer leur projet de fabrication des savons.

Madame MUKAKIZIMA Priscille est la présidente, affirme que le fait qu’elles travaillent ensemble, c’est une occasion pour renforcer les relations qui ont été affectés par les conséquences du génocide et leur permet de résoudre certains problèmes dans leur vie quotidienne au lieu de rester en dépendance permanente et un fardeau pour leur communauté.

DUHAMIC-ADRI Août 2015

Jean Claude DUSABEMUNGU, membre de la coopérative KOPABU des producteurs de Soja et Maïs sous encadrement de DUHAMIC-ADRI en partenariat avec TROCAIRE,

Je m’appelle Jean Claude DUSABEMUNGU j’ai 49 ans, et ma famille est composée de ma femme et 5 enfants dont 3 filles et 2 garçons. J’habite dans le village Gahondo, cellule Kivumu, secteur Musambira.

Actuellement je suis membre de la coopérative KOPABU des producteurs de Soja et Maïs sous encadrement de DUHAMIC-ADRI en partenariat avec TROCAIRE,
Avant l’intervention de ces deux organisations, cette coopérative n’éxistait pas, je n’étais membre d’aucune coopérative et ce n’étais pas facile pour moi de trouver de quoi manger ou trouver l’argent pour satifaire mes besoins de base. Je vivais dans une extrême pauvreté. Pour trouver l’argent j’allais cultiver les champs des autres mais ce n’était pas facile de trouver ce trouvail car je pouvais passer même 2 mois sans travail. Une fois trouvé, le payement de 500 Frw par jour étais difficile.

Maintenant je me réjouit de l’amélioration de mon niveau de vie grace aux opportunités que j’ai trouvé dans la production du soja et du maïs à travers notre coopérative. J’ai amélioré mon savoir faire par rapport à des techniques culturales, la performance en la gestion de ma famille et mon patrimoine et plus particulièrement la gestion des crédits.

Les revenus issues du soja et du maïs sont des sources de financement de mes différents projets y compris des projets extra agricoles qui génèrent encore des revenus pour ma famille.

"Je viens de construire 6 locaux servant de boutiques devant ma maison d’habitation. A part le coût de la parcelle et selon mes propres estimations, je viens d’utiliser 800.000 Frw pour soutenir mes activités agricoles, j’ai pu investir dans un salon de coiffure moyen et j’ai une boutique d’une valeur d’environ 400.000 Frw."Ainsi je l’assurance de gagner par 60.000Frw par mois

Je remercie grandement les interventions de DUHAMIC-ADRI dans notre Coopérative KOPABU car tous les membres ont pu améliorer leurs niveaux de vie à l’exemple de moi même.

DUHAMIC-ADRI, Août 2015

Mon nom est Jean-Marie Vianney MAZIMPAKA, je suis âgé de 35 ans et je suis un animateur volontaire pour le projet SSFTRP depuis le 16 Juillet 2014. Je vis dans le village Agasharu, cellule Rugogwe du secteur Ruhashya en District de Huye.

Avec l’introduction des activités du programme dans notre secteur, je suis élu pour encadrer deux groupes d’éleveurs "TWIHESHAGACIRO et ZIRAKAMWA" et j’ai suivi la formation sur les techniques d’augmentation de la production du lait.

Après avoir obtenu ces connaissances, j’ai suivi les deux groupes ci-haut mentionnés et j’ai formé les éleveurs membres de ces groupes. Plus tard après, j’ai eu l’idée d’initier l’activité de collecter du lait des éleveurs de la région pour en vendre dans la ville de Huye puisque les éleveurs avaient le problème d’écoulement de leur production laitière.

En date du 20/04/2015, j’ai commencé la collecte du lait à raison de 21 litres par jour. Actuellement je collecte 60 litres de lait par jour et vendu à raison de 230 Frw par litre de lait frais dans la ville de Huye alors que le prix d’un éleveur est de 180 Frw par litre. Je suis en mesure de recueillir 1800 litres par mois et je reçois un montant d’autour 90000 Frw de la vente de lait frais. Après avoir payé le transporteur du lait à 30,000Rwfs par mois, je me rends compte que je perçois un revenu mensuel de 60 000 Frw.

«Dans notre secteur, le lait est maintenant connu comme une source de revenus pour les éleveurs et une occasion d’affaires en général." Dit par MAZIMPAKA

«Je suis fier de mon entreprise et je prévois l’élargir dans la région, par l’achat d’un équipement adéquat et des vaches de race améliorée. Je suis toujours reconnaissant au programme pour les connaissances acquises, le soutien technique et les conseils reçus du personnel de DUHAMIC-ADRI sur terrain ". Ajouté par MAZIMPAKA

HUYE
DUHAMIC-ADRI

HUGUKAMUHINZI est une coopérative productrice de Maïs exploitant les marais de kayumbu dans le District de Kamonyi en province du Sud au Rwanda. Elle totalise actuellement 186 membres effectifs dont seulement 64 femmes et 22 jeunes (en majorité garçons).

Sur 13 Ha cultivé pendant la saison culturale 2016A, cette coopérative a eu une production de 39T de Maïs. Une partie restera à la maison pour l’autoconsommation dans les familles des membres tendis que la partie restante estimée à 20T sera mise en vente selon le contrat signée entre la coopérative et PAM (Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation).

Cette coopérative se réjouit de leur organisation en coopérative car depuis qu’ils se sont engagés aux activités collectives de production et à force de se rencontrer pour un même objectif, des relations se sont renforcées entre les membres et grâce à l’encadrement de DUHAMIC-ADRI une opportunité de marché pour leur production au PAM a été saisie. Certains membres affirment que l’union fait la force : autour de la culture du maïs ; ils peuvent résoudre divers problèmes socio économiques. C’est avec le programme "Paix au-delà des frontières – Peace Beyond Borders" que ces producteurs ont reçu un appui au cours de l’année 2015 qu’ils ont utilisé pour augmenter la production du Maïs. Ce programme d’accès à la transformation de conflits dans la région des Grands Lacs est financé par Oxfam et exécuté par le consortium que fait parti DUHAMIC-ADRI. Il part des 5 facteurs moteurs clés de la dynamique des conflits dans cette région des Grands Lacs dont le foncier – l’identité – l’économie – la sécurité et la Gouvernance.

Kamonyi
DUHAMIC-ADRI, Mars, 2016

Une adduction d’eau à 2 km du centre de négoce de Manyana est un indicateur des changements qu’on observe actuellement et l’amélioration des conditions de vie de plus de 198 ménages et leurs voisins du secteur Musambira dans le District de Kamonyi.

Harerimana Emmanuel âgé de 60 ans est membre des usagers d’eau de la source de Burindi. Il a été confié pour l’entretien régulier de la source et ces environs mais cela n’empêche pas aux usagers d’organiser les travaux communautaires autour de cette adduction aussi longtemps que le besoin se présente. L’eau se remplisse de la citerne construite en aval dans le centre de Manyana et ce dernier se lève chaque fois le matin pour fermer le dispositif en vu d’augmenter le débit du point d’eau se trouvant à la source. Selon son expérience vécu il témoigne l’effet produit depuis que cette adduction est aménagée : "Jamais nos enfants n’arrivent plus à l’école en retard à cause de la recherch d’eau loin de nos habitations. Cette adduction nous sert tous et même nos voisins du secteur Musambira viennent régulièrement pour se chercher de l’eau ici.

On ne manque pas de l’eau propre pour usage multiple : boir nous même, nos bétails et pour produire notre bière locale…. allez voir au restaurant comme à la maison l’hygiène s’est amélioréé". D’autres usagers disent qu’ils ont gagné aussi la main d’œuvre et l’argent qu’ils dépensaient à la recherche de l’eau : "Nos vélos que nous avions l’habitude d’utiliser à la recherche de l’eau sont maintenant utilisés pour d’autres fins aussi utiles". On compte actuellement 198 ménages composés d’environ 1000 personnes que cette adduction est entrain de servir.

“Application of agriculture best practices resulted in the increase of maize production more two times and food security and family income are ensured ” Witnessed by the farmer!

Viateur RWAGASANA is one of Beneficiaries of USAID EJO HEZA program working with DUHAMIC-ADRI. He lives in NYRUGURU District, NYAGISOZI sector, NYAGISOZI Cell, MURIZA Village with national identification number 1196080023254016. He is 55 years old and married with four children at home.
Since USAID Ejo Heza program started to work with them to support the development of maize value chain, Mr. RWAGASANA as one of many cooperative members (649) has benefited from different trainings related to agriculture best practices where he learnt new agricultural modern technologies used in maize farming to increase soil productivity and crop production.

Before joining USAID Ejo Heza program, the production obtained was very low: 50-70 Kg per 4 ares (0.04 ha) but now I m able to obtain 150 to 200 Kg on the same land area” Said Viateur.

“With trainings received, the production was not only increased in cooperative but also in other farm plots where I implemented different agriculture techniques such as use of improved seeds, application of organic manure in combination with chemical fertilizers. I used integrated pest management to control maize pests and diseases and now my family is food secured and the surplus is sold to make income and actually, I m able to satisfy other basic family needs especially health care insurance to meet real better livelihood promoted by the program” He added.

Based on above and other positive changes he is enjoying, Viateur is thankful for USAID Ejo Heza pram activities and for DUHAMIC-ADRI as a Partner Organization with Global Communities to implement the program activities.

NYARUGURU, DUHAMIC-ADRI, March 2016

During the distribution of ECD materials (chairs and tables) in Gasave cell, Rugendabali sector; DUHAMIC-ADRI met there children, in charge of education (SEO), the Director and teachers. It is Under the project "Empowering vulnerable households to access to finance resources and food security in Muhanga District" with the fund of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB); DUHAMIC-ADRI together with beneficiaries identified needs of rural communities focussing on vulnerable household among children under 5 years old.

Chairs and tables given to an identified ECD in Gasave cell will ensure the respect of 51 children registered in one of the classroms of the school. The willing of local authorities is to have at least one ECD in every cell but now they have only 2 ECDs in 2 cells out of 5 cells encountererd in Rugendabali sector.
HAGENIMANA Alphonse, the Headmaster of this school said that now children are happy and comfortable on their seats and performance will increase at both sides: children and teachers.

“Since January 2016, DUHAMIC-ADRI is supporting 100 poor widows to access on nutritious food and get money for socio-economic development through laying hens enterprises” Those beneficiaries have been selected according to the level of vulnerability.

This project is implemented in partnership with IFAD in Musambira and Nyarubaka sectors of Kamonyi District in Southern Province of Rwanda. Beneficiaries are empowered with full package composed by capacity building on laying hens breeding, saving, health and nutrition.

From June 2016, those women are engaged in laying hens enterprises with 10 groups of 10 persons each for better management of their business. Each group has 53 ISABROWN hens and the average laying rate is around 95%. For nutrition purpose every member is allowed to take 5 eggs per week for household consumption for increasing intake nutritious food and the left is sold to increase the group income where each group can get 18,000RWF (21.6 USD) a week.

By discussing with all group members, they are committed to expand and continue the business after this pilot phase which is now successful in terms of production, nutrition, access to market and working with Micro financial institutions.

With those small businesses carried out by women heads of households, economic grow, social inclusion and nutrition status can be improved in rural area.
“Small business with big impact through rural women initiatives”.

DUHAMIC-ADRI, 30th September 2016

I, Jeanine BWIZA, lives in Kigarama village, Mugobore cell, Simbi sector of Huye District, married with two daughters, I am one of Community Based Volunteers of Twiyubake program since 23rd March, 2016 elected from Inshuti z’umuryango,before enrolled in USAID Twiyubake program, I lost my adherence of Anti-retroviral drugs due to the whisper hearing from my neighbors, this led to the loss of weight then different opportunistic diseases including malnutrition affected me.

I could not perform my daily activities as usually,with all those problems I felt to die in few days, I was in conflicts with my husband saying that he is responsible of HIV that affecting my life as he informed me that He is HIV positive in one year after getting married, visited by (Mundanikure Lucie), Case Manager Volunteer trained on referral and linkages, she accompany me at nearest health center as I use to go to the health center located at the long distance as I prefer that someone will get information of being infected with HIV/AIDS, sensitized by nurse responsible to ART services, I started my adherence and being confident of my status.

I started to develop my farming activities focused on Bio-intensive agriculture in marshland following training received from CBV for FFS, I grew various vegetables mainly eggplants, due to high production harvested I become a model farmers of the village and thus many community members consulting me for different cases related to HIV/AIDS and conflict resolution. I mobilized all 20 members of “Indashyikirwa” to be tested.

My deep acknowledgment is addressed to USAID Twiyubake program and DUHAMIC-ADRI for providing training on HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and on preventing lost to follow up, this improve my health and my life expectancy is well maintained.

I BAZARAMBA Mélanie lives at NyabisinduVillage,Sazange cell of kinazi sector in Huye District a widow of five children, after USAID Twiyubake program implemented by DUHAMIC ADRI in Huye ,Kinazi Sector mobilization , I decided to join the saving group started by end March 2016.It was very difficult to share for saving at the beginning, school materials for children and others households basic needs as the mindset was poor as I use to spend little money that I got. After frequent mobilization received from USAID Twiyubake staff on an importance of saving including the loan provision, discussions and some interest to get at the share out period I decided to take loan at May 2016.

In May, I thought 3000 rwf as a loan in my saving group and invested in maize selling as small business to increase incomes. After reimburse with assigned interests, I take other loan of 7000 rwf and starting additional generative incomes activities such as small trade of sorghum drink in local market.

With small business started, I got the interest of 5000 rwf/week from sorghum beer selling at my center.

This small trade helped me to increase my weekly share from 1share to 5 shares of 100 Rwfr to 500 Rw/week, and support my youth in youth saving groups to get savings. A business is ongoing and helped my family in improvement of nutritional status especially for my young children. I became a business women starting on little means, I don’t understood how a small business like sorghum can generate incomes with that can help me in solving problems faced. My testimonies interesting my colleagues from IMBEREHEZA saving group.

I address my thankful to USAID Twiyubake and DUHAMIC-ADRI for supporting me in self-economic development, Melanie said.

“TWIGIREMUHINZIMWOROZI “is the name of Volunteers association made by 50 Community Based Volunteers working with USAID twiyubake program implemented by DUHAMIC-ADRI at Simbi sector of Huye District since March,2016, starting the program different volunteers were elected from community or from program beneficiaries, every month all volunteers working on different services (Early Childhood Development Center, Sexual Reproductive Health and Right, Saving group, Farmer Field School, Health promotion) met at the designed and confirmed site to provide the report and share with field staff different issues faced including challenges faced, best practices and plan for the next month, in this regards all volunteers found that they need to develop an additional activity that can generate incomes to develop their family by reinforcing their cohesion and meeting with purpose.

They elected their association representative made by Seven persons headed by President: NYABYENDA Donathe,inside this association, they create their own saving group since March,2016 with share of 1,000 Rwfr/month. “With this saving activities, lives for our family has been improved considerable and this is another motivation as Volunteers,Donatha Nyabyenda said” Every member (volunteers can accede easily the loan, Medical insurance or buy a seeds,buy small livestocketc.We are happy of the 487,550 Rwfr amount possess on our account created in DUKIRE SIMBI SACCO.
Twigiremuhinzimworozi association addressing much thanks to USAID TWIYUBAKE,Global Communities and DUHAMIC-ADRI for the programs introduced and capacity building provided that help us to teach what we do and believe, we support the saving groups established by the program but ourselves started similar saving activities, she said the president of Twigiremuhinzimworozi.

Alice MUSHIMIYIMANA is a woman aged of 31 years old married and lives at Gahogo in Nyamabuye Sector, Muhanga District with 3 children (2 boys and a girl). She is proud of 1,217 Kg of rice she harvested on 20.4 acres in season 2017A. “I will use all my effort till I get to 1.5T” Said Alice Mushimiyimana.

Alice belongs to KIABR cooperative which is grouping 1,117 members (409 men and 708 women). She testified the increase of production this time from 700 and 900 kg to 1 Ton and above because of the effort she put on daily farm activities including the use of more quantity of organic manure, respect of timely planting and other modern techniques.

350 MT of rice production collected and sold by farmers in Rugeramigozi in this ended season (2017 A) show the potentiality to the increase of productivity as it was evaluated at the first time at 4.3MT/Ha. This is the highest production compared to all the past seasons.

Rugeramigozi marshland is located in Muhanga District and is cultivated by farmers from KIABR and KOKAR cooperatives in a project implemented by DUHAMIC-ADRI with the support of WELTHUNGERHILFE and BMZ since October 2015. The production is collected by each cooperative from farmers and sold at Gafunzo Rice Mill located in Ruhango District. This ended season farmers and the rice mill have agreed on the unit price of 272Frw per Kg of rice from 252 Frw of the last season. Now farmers are expecting more income from rice cultivation and are committed to continue to produce more rice by using all techniques and infrastructures constructed or rehabilitated by the project.

I am called MUKANGENZI Thacienne, I have been married with MANA Jean Pierre have four children and we live in Huye District, Maraba Sector, Kanyinya Cell and Bwegera Village.

MUKANGENZI Thacienne and her two children

After being beneficiaries of USAID Twiyubake Program, we joined Saving and Lending group where I met with my mates and discuss about our lives, except Saving and Lending, we get other trainings about life such as hygiene, diseases prevention, HIV/AIDS testing, which help us to be opened and sharing other issues and challenges met in our families. From here I have been opened and tell them about my husband who has a mental problem and my daughter called IRADUKUNDA Marie Rose who were malformed (abnormal enlargement of the body), these made CBVs who train us visit us at home to see Rose and my husband how they are. Due to poverty, to reach health center was a problem, CBVs helped to transport the above child to the health center and made a follow up and they realized that she was suffering from worms

CBVs continued to encourage having hygiene in all (in diet preparation, at home, and even hand washing in all family members) and they encourage us HIV testing voluntarily and therefore, voluntarily we went to test HIV and the results show us that my husband has been affected by HIV while I and my children are not. Now my husband begun to take HIV/AIDS medicines and with the advice received from health center and CBVs, we are peaceful. And now the child is well. Also, due to support of school materials given by the program, Rose and her relatives are studying well.

I frankly thank DUHAMIC-ADRI and its CBVs the way they approach us, their trainings and advice they provide to us which help us to improve our life.

‘‘I, KAREKEZI Innocent would have been dead if I had not had support from Twiyubake program ’’

I’m KAREKEZI Innocent born on 1st January 1920 living in HUYE District KIGOMA Sector SHANGA Cell and NYAMIRAMA Village with ID number 1192080000717034, USAID TWIYUBAKE Program beneficiary with code number 20404-HH-0486-01. When TWIYUBAKE program started in KIGOMA it was in 2016 I went in Saving Group and save; that time I passed long time with a disease; I continue save and lent with a disease even if I was treated at the health center but nothing went because it does not heal ; CBVs come to train us on different topics including Saving, Farmer Field School, WASH and others , And they come to visit us at home then after they told us that there is a support of transport for poor beneficiaries who are sick but who have health care insurance to arrive where transferred by the health center.

I had been given the transfer but due to poverty I did not went. I try to join CBV and ask the explanation about my question because that time increased; her too asking the program officer and she asked me to bring copies of transfer and health care insurance it did not take a long time she bring money to me and accompanied by my daughter I went to HUYE District Hospital (KABUTARE) where they transferred me to Center Hospitarier Universtaire de BUTARE (CHUB) where I have been treated. It was penectomy for penile. It was difficult to urinate, to sleep or to sit down; it made me feel bad day and night. Arrive at CHUB they had cut my penis and replace it by their artificial materiel. I use to use artificial penis even if it is still a problem to me as I must go to the hospital many times for verification. Today I can sit, sleep and work same jobs which does not require any strength. I thank Twiyubake program for the support that they gave to me but also their visit and advices especially CBV.

HABUMUGISHA Cyprien is a married man, with a wife and three children. He is a holder of ID1198180041076077; TWIYUBAKE PROGRAM ID20404-HH-0144-01and a member of TWITEZIMBERE FFS Group located at Huye district, Kigoma sector, Kabuga Cell and Kabingo Village. He is a farmer working with target and supplier of the local market.

The members of Twitezimbere FFS group learnt the importance of vegetable cultivation and consumption like other FFS groups monitored by TWIYUBAKE Program in Huye district and they well understand the learned lessons so that by now all 20 members already have at least one improved farming technique on kitchen garden at household level and their demonstration plot produce a lot of vegetables. By selling the production they are able to purchase the sufficient seeds for demonstration plots and their kitchen gardens and share the remaining income. Some of them are now producing on a large scale and can supply the local market, which is also the case of HABUMUGISHA Cyprien.

Actually before his enrollment by DUHAMIC-ADRI, He had to cultivate only for consumption and never vegetables. After being aware of the importance of vegetable cultivation and consumption, he constructed a kitchen garden; for the family could consume vegetables. With the observation of the production, he took a decision and started by producing tomatoes at household level only on 10sqm and was surprised for the income of 80,000Rfw as it was more than what he expected. Then he expand his activity on a large scale (25 ares). He can now produce at least 2,400kg and he can harvest up to 45 days. For one harvest when the climate is good, he earn at least 420,000Rwf. From his tomatoes production he built the living house, bought a coffee plantation and a bicycle for helping them in transport of production and other needed transport. He live now from his tomatoes cultivation and think that from it he will go far as he can’t stop by here. By now, He express his full gratitude to TWIYUBAKE Program which makes him proud by becoming a farmer with his own tomatoes farm and coffee plantation.


He is building his house

Maize Farmers from different groups organized by DUHAMIC ADRI in partnership with Care International in Rwanda through the project dubbed Promoting Financial Inclusion for Small Holder Farmers- PROFIFA have increased the maize yields due to the application of the improved agricultural practices.

72 Members of TERIMBERE, ICYIZERE and ABANYARUKUNDO specialized farmer groups for maize formed in October 2017 in Nyakabungo and Bwinsanga cells of Gishali sector in Rwamagana District testified the increase in maize production after being mobilized by farmer promoters with village agents and join the PROFIFA project.

Before being beneficiaries of PROFIFA Project, we used to grow maize traditionally which lead to poor production and loss of high quantity of maize at the harvesting time due to lack of improved techniques related to Post-harvest management and market search. Following the trainings and coaching by Farmer promoter trained by DUHAMIC-ADRI, Mr. SERUGENDO Nicodem shared the testimony: we realized that there is a great difference on both quality and quantity produced as key in determining price and competitiveness to the buyers. We decided to use fertilizers at recommended quantities, we build up our maize dryer and we used modern maize sheller which reduced losses considerably. Another added value we got from being coached is that we looked for potential buyer early before production period. We gathered our production and it increased in quantity and quality from 11,400kgs in 2017A season to 19,500kgs in 2018A season.
Among potential buyers identified, we decided to sell our production (19,500 kgs) to Murenzi Supply Ltd at 170 Frw/Kg and get a total amount of 3,315,000Rwfr. We address our thank DUHAMIC ADRI and partners very much. We express our appreciation to the work done through PROFIFA Project being implemented in partnership with CARE for boosting our production.

A good job and a brighter life were the crucial achievements of Valens Muhire, the Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET) graduate, who is one of USAID TWIYUBAKE Program’s beneficiaries in Huye sector located in Huye District.

However, Muhire, who resides in Huye District, Huye Sector, Sovu Cell, Gako village testifies how his life changed for better from using his skills that he acquired from TVET training Courses which he joined thanks to the school fees offered by SAID TWIYUBAKE Program.

Muhire, a graduated from Maraba VTC in Carpentry trade and after completing his studies’ theory, he went for a practical internship at SEMUHUNGU Carpentry Company where he started realizing his better life changes.
“ I knew that sometimes it gets more difficult to find a job after studies. Hence, I set a target of hunting for a job by working hard through using my skills,” said Muhire.
He testifies that he was hired by the company when he immediately finished his internship in December 2017, the job that could pay him Rwf 1100Rw per day and buys some restaurant food for Rwf 250.
“It was tiresome because I had to walk a long distance every mornings and evenings, but I persevered so as to save some amounts of money for buying my own bicycle for making it easier to reach my job,”

“From Rwf 20400 per month, I had to save Rwf 10000 which enabled to gather Rwf 30,000 to buy a bicycle in March, 2018. Besides, I joined some neighbors’ youth saving groups such as TWIYUBAKE where I got the loan to buy a machine (serre joint) for Rwf 25000. I look forward to buying a hand saw so as to embark on my own projects at home. I am no longer dependent on parents for basic needs and I achieved these as a result of USAID Twiyubake Program that helped me to go for TVET training courses that earned me a job and a brighter life,” Muhire admits with a smile.

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