Residents in Nyabihu district commended Umurenge Vision program (VUP), a local development Program to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection over improving their livelihoods.
Beneficiaries of Direct support and Public works as components of VUP, reveal that they were able to fight abject poverty and now they can take care of their families.
One Public works beneficiary, Jean Marie Vianney Karigirwa confirms that he pays school fees in addition to taking care of his seven children because VUP employed him.
The VUP programme has three main components; direct support, Public works offered to the poorest household seasonally and Microcredits that are given to the poorest to start up small businesses.
“VUP enabled us to earn income. We could be paid after 15 days and use the money to cater for our family needs,” says Karigirwa
Another beneficiary, Marie Chantal Ikimanizanye adds that apart from providing for their families, VUP enabled residents to buy livestock for sustainable development.
Thomas Gasana, executive secretary of Rambura sector confirms that 235 direct support beneficiaries bought six pigs for sustainable development.
“Beneficiaries started saving little by little on their bank account. They invested in pig farming with the hope of social economic development,” says Gasana
Albert Kamali, Acting executive secretary of Bigogwe sector says: “Beneficiaries have saved Rwf15million.We are trying to help them buy a farm and rear cattle for sustainable development.”
Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) is an Integrated Local Development Program to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection. This is an initiative by the Government of Rwanda (GoR) in collaboration with development partners and NGOs. It is led by the Ministry of Local Government, Good Governance, Community Development and Social Affairs (MINALOC) and supported by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN).
The Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) uses the existing decentralization system and leverages technical and financial assistance to accelerate the rate of poverty reduction in Rwanda. The aim is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020.