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.