Carpenters in Muganza cell, Runda sector in Kamonyi district said that customers reduced in number due to the carpenters that operate outside Bishenyi gakiriro (a place where to become rich).
What was named “agakinjiro” (literally meaning a place where damaged wooden and metallic items are repaired), has now turned into agakiriro meaning (a way to prosperity and riches).
Though different activities such as welding and carpentry will be done in Bishenyi agakiriro, members say they have not made any profits ever since the existence of the workshop a year ago in May 2015.
One of the founder carpenters, Frodouard Maniragaba says: “We used to spend days without work and make like three beds in a month. We request authorities to force other carpenters to join the workshop for better service delivery.”
Another carpenter, Aloys Rusanganwa from Muhima in Nyarugenge district adds that it’s having hope that has kept them operating because there is nothing like profits.
“We have not benefited from this place as people that started agakiriro, but we are optimistic that it will develop,” says Rusanganwa.
Innocent Habimana, in charge of labour in Kamonyi district highlights that district authorities are supporting the sectors to bring together all carpenters in Bishenyi gakiriro.
“We have managed to close some individual carpentry workshops and some have joined agakiriro. The fact that the number of people in agakiriro is increasing means there will be a change soon,” says Habimana
According to the masterplan of Kamonyi district, it’s planned that all carpenters and welders operate in one place, for the government to provide basic equipments.