Beneficiaries of Direct support, à component of Vision Umurenge Programme (VUP) in Kansi sector in Gisagara district commended the co-operative over social and economic development.
This comes after 257 beneficiaries formed “Amizero Kansi” cooperative and used the contributions to set up a commercial house worth Rwf22 million in Kansi sector in Gisagara district.
Cooperatives are a potential vehicle through which the Cooperatives members could create employment and expand access to income-generating activities, develop their business potential, including entrepreneurial and managerial capacities through education and training among others.
Every member contributed Rwf7500 every month and the house was built without a bank loan.
The cooperatives’ commercial house is rented at Rwf205.000 every month
The president of the cooperative, Jeanne Francoise Nyirangezahayo, 64 and physically disabled revealed that the decision was taken after seeking advice from other people, saying its a way of achieving self-reliance incase support stops.
“We thought advice from others because we thought spending all the money without saving is not wise. We decided to construct a commercial house that generates income every month ” said Nyirangezahayo.
Jérôme Rutaburingoga, executive secretary of Kansi sector confirmed that money collected from renting the commercial building supports the cooperative members to meet their needs even without direct support.
” At first, it was the sector to take care in case one of the beneficiaries fell sick but now they are capable of paying for medical bills and develop socially ” said Rutaburingoga.
Cooperative members plan to expand and venture in other businesses like selling crops.
Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) is an Integrated Local Development Program to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection.