Gisagara: VUP program improves lives

Former beggar, Bernardine Uwimana earns a living from selling fruits in Nyaruteja  market in Nyanza sector of Gisagara district

Former beggar, Bernardine Uwimana earns a living from selling fruits in Nyaruteja
Former beggar, Bernardine Uwimana earns a living from selling fruits in Nyaruteja
market in Nyanza sector of Gisagara district


Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP), a Local Development Program has improved lives in Gisagara district.

The government program operates in extremely poor sectors, to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection.

VUP has 3 components; direct support (unconditional cash transfers to those unable to work), Public works (employment on public infrastructure projects) and financial services (access to savings and credit for enhanced livelihoods).

Residents registered economic and social growth following after VUP’s direct support cash transfers.

“After appearing on the local authority list to get direct support, I received the money and invested it in a fruit selling business,” says Bernardine Uwimana, formerly a beggar.

Like many VUP beneficiaries, Uwimana supports her family and as well saves from her small business.

VUP operates in 120 sectors, covering all 30 districts of Rwanda.

Under the program, 19,000 households receive direct support, 99,000 households employed on VUP Public works, Bank/ SACCO accounts opened for over 100,000 households and over 53,000 clients borrowed from VUP Financial services.


Gatsibo: Entrepreneurship becoming crucial to residents’ wellbeing

 Gatsibo  Entrepreneurship becoming crucial to residents’ wellbeing

‘TERIMBERE MWOROZI’ cooperative found in Nyagihanga sector

After the launch of “hanga umurimo” program in Gatsibo district, residents joined this program and now many appreciate it saying that it has helped them develop like they never thought.

Residents of Nyagihanga sector joined “Terimbere Mworozi” cooperative, and from this cooperative they started own business which businesses have help them develop as many of them say.

“I used to work for someone but was less paid and therefore my payment could not cover all my expenses since I have a wife and 3 children but ever since I joined this cooperative I have been able to start rearing pigs and now I have 5 of them”, said Jean Paul Kayinamura a resident of Kageyo sector, who added on saying that now his family’s social welfare has improved a lot.

From the sector leadership, Jean Claude Niyibizi said that they have been encouraging residents to join different cooperative and this has help many of them develop, hence get out of poverty.

Rwanda : Youth urged to embrace training on job creation

According to the education policy in Rwanda, students are able to finish secondary school with free education after which they are trained about job creation instead of seeking jobs from organizations and government positions.

This program was introduced as a solution to put unemployment of graduating students in check and encourage them to be active by creating becoming job creators instead of job seekers.

The youth in Ngoma district who finished attending the training by DOT Rwanda say that the limitation to their being job creators is getting credits from financial institutions to set up their project which is still difficult.

Mr. Felix Ntango who represented the 90 trainees who finished job creation and IT training said the district should aid them in getting credits to start up their own projects.

“We have successfully completed this training and we are ready to work on creating our own projects but getting capital is a compli9cated issue let alone getting loans with no mortgage.”

Zaudia also agrees much with Felix Ntango where she said that youth already understand the concept of job creation but their only limitation is lack of capital and cannot get loans from financial institutions because they lack mortgage.

Concerning this problem, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa who is in charge of youth, culture and sports in the mayor of Ngoma district says the ministry of youth finances good projects of the youth associations or cooperatives and it is easier to get loans when in a cooperative so youth should work together to find solutions to their problems.

“in this district of ours, there are many projects we are going to finance fully through the Ministry of Youth, what is important is not finance but what the youth needs is to make good projects worth funding and we will advocate for them to be funded.” Jean Bosco Rutagengwa said.

He explained further that not all projects made by the youth are funded but only the best of them after being evaluated.




Rwanda | Kamonyi: Vegetable selling made me reach


Joseph Nzayirambaho says he has developed socially in the last four years through selling fresh vegetables from the farmers.

Joseph Nzayirambaho says he has developed socially in the last four years through selling fresh vegetables from the farmers.

Aged 22 years, Nzayirambaho is a resident of Nyagasozi village, Gihinga cell, Gacurabwenge sector in Kamonyi district.

Through selling vegetables, he has acquired a piece of land in addition to making a profit of Rwf50000.

Nzayirambaho had finished buying a beans garden at Rwf55000U, when the reporter found him at Bahimba swamp that joins Nkingo cell to Gihinga cell.

At 18 years, he started selling his own produce and later saved some money which he used to expand and buy other farmers’ harvest.

“I could buy vegetables of Rwf2000 and sell it at Gashyushya and Nkoto markets in Kamonyi district. Today, I pay for many gardens before they are harvested and supply vegetables to the sellers at Nyabugogo,” he narrates.

Basing on the prices rise, he hopes to make over Rwf70000.

Like other food stuff sellers that buy from this swamp, Mukomeza asserts that they help farmers by taking over harvesting activities, giving them time to attend to other things.





Rwanda : PSF irasaba abikorera bo mu Majyaruguru kurushaho gufata neza abaguzi

Urugaga nyarwanda rw’abikorera PSF rurasaba abikorera bo mu ntara y’Amajyaruguru kurushaho kwakira neza ababagana hagamijwe iterambere ry’ urwego rw’imitangire ya serivisi.

Ibi bikaba byavuzwe kuri uyu wa kabiri tariki 02/10/2012, na Mbundu Faustin perezida wa PSF ku rwego rw’igihugu, ubwo yaganiraga n’abikorera bo mu turere dutandukanye tugize intara y’amajyaguru, muri gahunda yo gusura abikorera bo mu ntara zoze zigize igihugu.

Mbundu, yavuze ko iterambere ry’amahoteli, ikoranabuhanga, ubukerarugendo, amashuri n’ ibitaro ritagerwaho abantu badafite abantu bafite ubumenyi ariko kandi bazi no kwakira ababagana cyangwa se abaguzi.

Yagize ati: “ tuziko umutungo wa mbere dufite ari abaturarwanda. Dukwiye kubahugura tukabigisha kwakira umukiriya, bityo bakaza ari benshi kandi abahageze bakaba banagaruke”.

Nsengimana Faustin, uwikorera mu karere ka Musanze, avuga ko imyumvire ikiri hasi muri baginzi be ariyo ntandaro y’imitangire ya serivisi mbi, akavuga ko igihe cyose hazaboneka amahugurwa muri uru rwego bizihutisha iterambere mu ntara y’Amajyaruguru.

Gahunda yo guhura n’abikorera bo mu ntara y’Amajyaruguru yari igamije kureba uko aba bikorera babashije guhigura imihigo, ndetse no kugenzura ibijyanye no kwegereza ububobozi abikorera ku nzego z’uturere ndetse n’intara, ari nako bakangurira abikorera gukomeza gutera inkunga AgDF.


Rwanda : RBS partners with entrepreneurs

A new partnership has been established between Rwanda Bureau of Standards and the private sector federation to boost value for standards among the business fraternity.

The bureaus and the business fraternity discussed issues related to valuing and respecting standards set by RBS in favor of their products.

“Business people, countrywide should embrace set standards to get more credibility and a larger market, even outside Rwanda,” Hannington Namara, the Private Sector Federation CEO advised.

Director General of Rwanda Bureau of Standards Mark Bagabe said that the local business people are losing market to foreign products because of failure to meet the standards.

A memorandum of understanding about meeting the required standards was signed between the entrepreneurs and RBS.

Rwanda Bureau of Standards  vowed to train the business world about respecting the set standards.



Rwanda : RDB embarks on customer care

Rwanda | RDB embarksThe Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has embarked on improving the level of customer care services by upgrading skills of the trainers in customer care.

The trainees are charged with evaluating the level of customer satisfaction in their respective institutions received skills designed to cover the foundations of good customer service as well as critical pillars of customer care including timeliness, problem solving and communication.

40 trainers undergoing the sessions were drawn from 18 organisations including the Private Sector Federation, Rwanda Tourism University College, School of Finance and Banking, Rwanda Association of Customer Care Professionals, Mount Kenya University, Akilah Institute, Adventist University, Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority, among others.

After this, the trainers will become resourceful to the respective institutions in all aspects concerning customer care and conducting formal and regular training of customer facing staff. They will also be encouraged to mentor selected employees to transfer the right attitude and skills in customer care.

This new training is designed to equip trainers with knowledge and skills to address the root causes of poor or indifferent customer service, specifically in timeliness, communication and problem solving, according Apollo Munanura, RDB’s Head of Department for Human Capital and Institutional Development.

Munanura also stated that the training also seeks to encourage trainees to provide skills and technical assistance to organisations which might seek to benefit from their services.

Despite efforts of the government calling on the private sector to improve its services, the problem of poor customer care in Rwanda is believed to be costing the country over US$ 40 million annually, according to survey by World Economic Forum on the regional travel and tourism competitiveness.


Rwanda : Local investors train on bidding skills

Local investors train on bidding skills

Lack of skills to prepare better bidding proposals for tenders on the local market has affected local investors who in turn have lost bids opportunity to foreign investors.

It is against this background that the Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), through its experts under Electricity Access Rollout Program (EARP), has started training local investors on bidding skills, that will see them win tenders at the expense of foreign bidders.

The EARP director of general services Simeon Kwitegetse, says that a majority of local bidders have not been writing their proposals properly, a factor that hinders their bidding chances.

Kwitegetse says that this is because there is lack of technical knowhow, thus some bids are presented with irrelevant information due to their lack of understanding on basic requirements while others hand in their proposals after deadlines. This calls for periodical trainings in order to address some of these challenges.

Kwitegetse gave an example of a major tender recently won by Citing Gammon Indian Ltd, which has won several tenders for power cable installation in the Gicumbi district, saying that the local businesses could have won the same job if they collaborated to raise the required capital and fulfilled the requirements of tenders.

To this effect, Kwitegetse advised local businessmen to try to work jointly in bigger deals by consolidating resources and experience amongst others.

This training will focus highly on joint ventures, since the majority of local investors typically don’t participate in tenders that require large amounts of money.






Rwanda : Inyange Industries to be officially presented with Certificates

A representative from Bureau Veritas will visit the Inyange Plant in Masaka on Friday, 15th June, to present the official certificate from the International Organization of Standards (ISO) to Inyange Industries.

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.

Bureau Veritas, which operates in more than 100 countries, is part of the ISO Technical Committee, TC34/SC17 (Management Systems for Food safety) and helps every player in the food supply chain to meet the highest standards of Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental compliance.

Inyange Industries has reinforced its commitment to complying with global food safety standards by implementing the ISO 22000:2005 Certification as concerns for Food Quality and Safety continue to rise across the nation.

The International Food Safety Management Standard, ISO 22000:2005, defines a set of general food safety requirements that apply to all organizations in the food manufacturing industry.

This globally recognized certificate will be presented to Inyange Industries in recognition of its high standards of quality in the food industry.

Since 2010, Inyange Industries had to undergo a long series of both internal and external audits to ensure that strict safety standards are consistently upheld so that Inyange products can be enjoyed by all, without fear of health risks and to meet the international requirements for Food Processing companies.

Inyange industries will be among a few food companies in EAC having the ISO 22000:2005 certificate, enabling Inyange to trade on the global market.

ISO, a non-governmental organization, is a network of the national standards institutes of 164 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system and forms a bridge between the public and private sectors.

This certification is an incredible achievement for Inyange and an official “stamp of approval” in terms of higher standards of quality and brand reliability. Consumers can have full confidence that Inyange’s products come from reliable sources thus eliminating any associated health risks.


Rwanda : E U to finance development projects linking DRC and neighbouring Districts in Rwanda

The European Union will soon account to fund projects meant to develop women who make the cross boarder business between the districts of Rusizi and Rubavu in Rwanda and the towns of Goma and Bukavu in DRC.

It is in this context that an E.U delegation conducted a working visit to the Rwanda-Congo border at Rusizi in a bid to exchange ideas with Rusizi district authorities on the implementation of these projects under the development of women.

Among the projects to be funded by the European Union includes cross-border trade and the fisheries projects in Lake Kivu.

These projects will be spearheaded by women partly to curb them out of poverty. Mr Peter Baye, permanent secretary of the International French speaking Association for mothers welcomed the extraordinary step taken by Rwandan women in terms of cross-border trade compared to neighbouring countries.

He explained that the main purpose of their project is to support mothers who carry out cross-border trade and to promote this type of commerce.

Mr. Oscar Nzeyimana, Mayor of Rusizi district says that without doubt that these projects when fully funded will be a desired response to these two cities.

The beneficiaries of these projects are Rusizi, Rubavu and Kigali.



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