handing over certificate Sulfo Rwanda IndustriesOn Tuesday March 28, the residents of Mwili sector in Kayonza district  celebrated the closing of a six-month national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign, facilitated by Global Communities USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA). Sulfo Rwanda Industries supported the campaign under its corporate social responsibility with a donation of water drums, soap bars and drinking water.

The event under the theme: Your health is your concern: Drinking safe water, hand washing for proper hygiene, and use adequate sanitation accommodated 1800 residents of Mwiri sector and hosted representatives from the Ministry of health (MOH), USAID, Kayonza district, Gahini and Mwiri sector, and partners implementing the USAID Community Health and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) program in Kayonza district.

During the six-month WASH campaign, USAID Twiyubake implemented by YWCA in Kayonza district, provided WASH education messages to over 900 program households in the sectors of Mwiri, Kabare and Gahini in their saving groups and during home visits.

Claudine Mukamunana is now a model farmer for her surrounding community 2Claudine Mukamunana is a Community Based Volunteer in charge of the farmer field school in Rwaniro sector, Huye district. DUHAMIC ADRI enrolled her into the USAID Twiyubake program.

In front of her house near the main road she has built a model kitchen garden. Local authorities who frequently pass by the garden, mobilized the community to come to learn from her how to build and plant a kitchen garden. “Even community health workers came with parents and their malnourished children to learn from me”, explained Claudine.

Thanks to the Bio-Intensive Agriculture Techniques and use of organic manure she was able to double the yield of the vegetables on her field next to her house. Now she is selling vegetables which allow her to pay school fees for her children in addition to providing her family with a balanced diet.

She thanks USAID Twiyubake and DUHAMIC-ADRI for the training she received and is proud to be a model farmer for her surrounding community.

Theogene Maniraho expanded a culture of saving in his communityTheogene Maniraho, 39 years old, lives with his wife and five children in Kigali, Kicukiro district, Niboye sector. Theogene used to work as a motorcycle taxi driver to sustain his family. In August 2014, he had an accident with his motorbike and lost his leg. The recovery took very long. “I could only see darkness in my future. My wife started washing clothes in the neighborhood households, so that we can make ends meet”, he explained.

In August 2016, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) enrolled Theogene’s household into the USAID Twiyubake program. “I was excited to join the program. I joined the savings and lending group we named Twiyubake as we really wanted to build ourselves,” he added.

The group members elected Theogene as the savings group treasurer. When the group’s community based volunteer resigned, he took over. He coached and encouraged the group to work hard to maximize their savings. The members provide a share of Rwf 500 (0.60 US $) per week. Most of them live from day labor and small businesses of selling vegetables. After only eight months, the 25 group members had saved Rwf 1,112,750 (1390 US $).

500Theogene Nizeyimana Duterimbere youth savings group member named Burera 2Theogene Nizeyimana is 29 years old. He lives with his wife, son and three younger brothers in Cyanika Sector, Burera district. Since Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB) enrolled him in the USAID Twiyubake program in June 2016, he is member of the Duterimbere integrated savings and lending youth group. Theogene explained how his life changed in a very short time: “In the saving meetings, we were trained on financial education. After three months of savings, I borrowed Rwf 39,000 (US $ 48.75) to rent a shop to sell irish potatoe seeds and gained Rwf 80,000 (US $ 100) within three months. I reimbursed the loan and applied for another loan of Rwf 130,000 (US $ 162) to expanded my business to sell irish potatoes, pesticides and different products needed by farmers. I bought a plot on which I plan to build my own house. After one year in the program, I have a capital of Rwf 400,000 (US$ 500). I earn Rwf 20,000 (US $ 25) per day and I am able to provide food and health insurance for the entire household, my brother went back to school.

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