Rukira sector administration in Ngoma district advised up to 10 elderly men and women tailors working in Rukira market to form a cooperative for sustainable development.
This comes after women and men tailors working from Rukira market decry lack of customers, saying clients look for younger tailors who know modern designs.
One of them Sevornie Nyirahabimana, revealed that of late customers come looking for young tailors with the belief that old tailors are unaware of modern designs.
“Like in 1994 I had up to Rwf200, 000 on my account and other properties acquired from my profession. However, these days I earn so little because the young tailors get all the customers because we are old and unaware of new designs,” lamented Nyirahabimana.
Other tailors told this website that they now do building and farming alongside tailoring because they do not earn enough to cater for their families.
Mathias Ngenda, executive secretary of Rukira sector highlighted that the reason these tailors are not earning enough from their profession is because they work as individuals than working together in a cooperative and set up a tailoring workshop.
“We always advise them to form a cooperative but in vain due to fear of rent and taxes. However, we will continue to advise them because one cannot attain development while working as an individual,” said Ngenda.
This comes when the government encourages residents to form cooperatives, access bank loans and achieve fast social and economic development.