David T., 24 years, is living in Nyamasheke district, Cyato sector, Bisumo Cell, Munini village. He is member of the USAID Twiyubake youth saving group and is gratefull for the training on workforce readiness he received where he was taught about job creation out of small investments. He used to consider himself as the poorest in the village and often asked himself how to get out of this poverty.

He had 15,000 Rwf from a job he used to do and borrowed 30,000 Rwf from the saving group. With 45,000 Rwf, he opened a small barber shop in November 2016 and signed a contract with Mobisol Rwanda Ltd to purchase a solar powered shaver, a solar panel and a battery for 150,000 Rwf to be paid within one year in monthly installments of 12,500 Rwf.

He then rented a house to start the business. His business became profitable, he earned 15,000 Rwf per month, paid back 12,500 Rwf and saved 2,500 Rwf per month. He has already cleared all the loans from the saving group and Mobisol Rwanda Ltd and was able to save 30,000 Rwf after one year in the saving group. He is expecting to increase his saving share in 2018.

Two young girls explain how the USAID Twiyubake youth saving group Twishyirehamwe Twiyubake Miko helped them to become financially independent. They both attended a training on workforce readiness

 

Francine, 22 years, lives in Kabisheshe village, Miko cell, Karengera sector, Nyamasheke district.

Prior to entering into the Twiyubake program, she had an opportunity to attend a three month tailoring short course but after completion of the course she was not able to afford any materials to work in her profession.

When Caritas Rwanda established the saving group in July 2016 in her village, she started saving at least 150 Rwf every week and was then trained in work readiness.

In September 2016, she borrowed 20,000 Rwf refundable in two months. From this money, she bought a chicken and rented a sewing machine. After three months, the chicken laid eggs which she sold. This helped her to increase her savings in a way that she was able to take another loan to buy a pig which gave her piglets which she sold. From this money, she paid back the loan and remained with 10,000 Rwf. She then borrowed 67,000 Rwf and added the 10,000 Rwf she was remaining to buy her own sewing machine. Now, her business is going well and her life improved. Her goal for 2018 is to have a tailoring shop

Josiane lives in the same village. She used to sell cassava roots but was not able to manage well the revenue. She borrowed 32,000 Rwf and added 68,000 Rwf she was able to gain from her cassava business to get 100,000 Rwf. She bought two cows from this money. Her cassava root business goes well. Today she is trusting herself and is confident.

 

On November 16th, 2017, USAID Twiyubake hosted a visit to households enrolled into USAID Twiyubake and GIkuriro in Mwiri sector, Kayonza district.

The Chief of Party of Gikuriro, Mr. Alemayehu Gebremariam and the Chief of Party of USAID Twiyubake, Dr. Samson Radeny, program staff, district and sector representatives, visited households enrolled into both programs or at least one of the program to observe ongoing transformation and define opportunities for greater collaboration and resource leveraging.

USAID Gikuriro, a partnership between SNV and Catholic Relief Services, is designed to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five years whereas USAID Twiyubake implemented by Global Communities Rwanda in collaboration with three international organizations, namely Plan International, AVSI, and Partners in Health, is a program to reduce economic vulnerability by empowering parents to make investments that meet the unique needs of their families, particularly young children and adolescents. USAID Twiyubake and USAID Gikuriro are collaborating in nutrition and WASH activities and through referral and linkages.

The households supported by the programs featured swept compounds on which kitchen gardens were flourishing. Each household presented a handwashing station next to a clean covered latrine.

Below are three testimonies from families who are grateful for the service from those programs.

Gakwaya's child who was suffering from acute malnutrition gained now normal weight thanks to the support from the Gikuriro program. His wife is now teaching other mothers on best nutrition practices. On the kitchen gardens, she plants green peppers which she sells for Rwf 3000 per month. She uses this money to buy milk for her child. Now her child is attending the USAID Twiyubake supported ECD center.

Majyambere's family is enrolled into both Twiyubake and Gikuriro program. They have five children and embraced family planning to take time for their children education. Thanks to the gender sensitization, they now plan jointly all activities. Their toilet was damaged and thanks to the saving group they were able to renovate it. They plant beetroots on their kitchen gardens which they sell for 1200 Rwf to buy dry sardines for their children. From the savings they bought house equipment, health insurances and a goat.

Kanani is a Twiyubake beneficiary. Prior to entering into the program she used to live a passive life and used to spend his time with taking some drinks. Since he is in the Twiyubake prgrom his life changed. He became active and ambitious and is now a role model in his village. He is a program volunteer for the saving groups. He eagerly implemented all WASH messages. From the conditional household grants and the savings, he bought a cow for 70 000Rwf. As people in his village have to fetch water far away, he bought a water tank for 380 000 Rwf to be paid within a year in instalments.

Global Communities Rwanda is joining the World Aids Day 2017 celebrated under the national theme “Get Tested for HIV. If positive, start and stay on life-saving treatment”. The theme is a call of action for everyone to play their role in reducing new HIV infections.

USAID Twiyubake is mobilizing through its clinical-community linkages and referrals program beneficiaries to access HIV testing and counseling services to respond to PEPFAR phase 3 and the joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS’ (UNAIDS) ambitious 90-90-90 global goals: 90 percent of people with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of them on ART and 90 percent of them virally suppressed by 2020.

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