Some of the residents in Rweru sector in Bugesera district have revealed that they have developed socially after Vision Umurenge Program (VUP) uplifted them from under poverty line.
Seraphine Mukangezi, a beneficiary living with HIV/Aids asserts that life was not easy for her and the children but ever since she got money in Umurenge Vision Program and bought a cow, life has improved.
Mukangenzi adds that she is rearing chicken and enjoys eggs and drinks milk from her cow.
“I thank the leaders for including me on the list of beneficiares otherwise i would be dead now,” she recalls.
This is confirmed by Kibinakanwa who got a loan of Rwf100000 after his group of 12 people made a project of tomato growing and started getting high yields.
“I use money from growing tomatoes to improve my banana plantation. I sell each banana bunch at Rwf5000 or 6000 and make Rwf60000 profit from bananas.”
“I was very poor but now i earn a lot of money every month. I expect over Rwf500000 from my tomatoes gardens,” he explains.
Julius Rukundo, vice mayor for economic affairs in Bugesera district asserts that VUP is an intergrated government program to uplift residents from poverty so that the government reaches its purpose of 2020 vision.
“VUP is a pillar in Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) program that works in two poorest sectors of every district,” he adds.
The pillars include giving the residents direct support, employing them through public works and financial services which are meant to resolve the problems of the beneficiaries.
“Money is given out differently in a period of six months. A family of one member gets Rwf7500, two members get Rwf12000, three members get Rwf15000, four members get 18000 and finally a family of five 21000.
The government plans that vision 2020 program will reduce extreme poverty from 36.9 percent to 24percent and for it to be eradicated completely in 2020.