“When a USAID Twiyubake case management volunteer (CMV) began to visit us once a week, she encouraged us to go for an HIV testing and counselling. The results revealed that my husband is HIV positive while I and my children are negative. With the support of the CMV we got counselled on how to cope with the disease and my husband started taking ARTs. Although my husband is on treatment, our family is doing well. My four children received school materials and are all going to school”. Juliette M., enrolled in the USAID Twiyubake by Duhamic Adri in Huye District, Maraba Sector, Kanyinya Cell and Bwegera Village.

Abahuje saving group members celebrated share out event

"When AEE Rwanda​ enrolled us in the USAID Twiyubake program in June 2016, our saving group target for the first year was to save for a goat and a pig for each group member. We could not understand how we could reach the set target by saving only Rwf 200 per week and in addition cover basics needs at home. After one year, we organized a share-out event. We saved a total of Rwf 968,000 in the first year and each member bought a pig or a goat. We then decided to increase our weekly share to Rwf 400. In the past year I also expanded my vegetables and fruits business at the market and was able to cover basics needs at home. I timely paid the families health insurance for 2017 and my 3 children are attending school",  Mukamana, member of USAID Twiyubake Abahuje saving group.

 

Emmanuel at his houseNow I run my own business

                                   

“When DUHAMIC ADRI enrolled me in the USAID Twiyubake Duterimbere saving group, I took a loan to buy a pig and two hens. When I became a recipient of the conditional household grants, I increased weekly shares in my saving group and took a second loan to buy a bicycle. I started purchasing fruits and vegetables at a lower price from farmers in Karama center to sell them in Huye town. Now I earn at least Rwf 20,000 (US $ 24) per month from own business.” Aimable M., married, four children, living in Karama Sector, Huye district.

Theonille with her sewing machine

 

Chantal started as a tailor

 

“I grew up in a poor family. When I was young, I learned sewing, but never had a chance to practice it. As I wanted to break out of poverty, I got married at an early age. Instead everything went wrong. It happened that we were not able to feed our children for two consecutive days. I used to work on neighboring fields and as a house help for very little money. In 2016, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB) enrolled my household in the USAID Twiyubake program. When I received the monthly conditional household grant, I increased my saving shares and bought a sewing machine. Now, I sew clothes and earn Rwf 45,000 (US $ 54) per month. I am self-reliant and maybe in the near future I may employ other women in the area.” Chantal D., 29 years, married, two children, living in Kinoni sector, Burera district.

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