500MUKESHIMANA Solange with her goat in Musanze districtSolange Mukeshimana is 34 years old. She is a widow living with her three children in Musanze District. She used to live in extreme poverty for more than five years. Her children were suffering from malnutrition.

In April 2016, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB) enrolled her into the USAID Twiyubake Program and subsequently into an integrated saving and lending group and farmer field school where she gained practical skills on bio intensive agriculture techniques.

“I put into practise all learnt lessons as soon as I could into practice”, explained Solange. She bought five chickens from a loan of Rwf 5000 (6.25 US $) and a goat out of a subsequent loan of Rwf 12,000 (15 US $). I built different kitchen gardens next to my house and now produce a variety of vegetables which I sell in addition to the chicken, eggs, and goats. I am able to prepare a balanced diet for my family. Now Solange advise her friends, relatives and neighbors how to make money out of little savings.

500TVET students at ETESOP MusanzeGlobal Communities USAID Twiyubake provided scholarships to 600 identified beneficiairies in the 12 districts of program implementation. The selected TVET students completed 9 years of basic education and where out of school.

In Musanze district Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB) enrolled 70 beneficiaries (56 girls and 16 boys) at Ecole Technique des Formations Professionels.

ISLG members Mariama Mpawera and Afusa Uwantege in front of Mariamas house Kayonza district received phones for conditional HHgrants 2Mariam Mahwera and Afisa Uwantege are both members of the savings group Dukundane. They were both enrolled into the USAID Twiyubake program in August 2016 by Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA). Since then, Mariam and Afusa attended every week the savings meeting. They are grateful for the training they received and happy to be integrated among the group members.

“Since we started attending the savings group, we were not able to provide our monthly share, but we came every week as we wanted to demonstrate our will”, explained Afisa. Mariam and Afisa both returned to Rwanda in 1994, they lived in exile for several decades and came from Uganda with their cattles to settle in Kayonza when the country was liberated. The cattle did not survive a severe draught in the year 2000, since then Mariam and Afisa moved into a community settlement provided by the government.

JIBU Corporate Rwanda Ltd doanted drinking water for residents of Kigali sector at World Water Day 3On March 28, 2017 the Kigali sector celebrated the International World Water Day under the theme drinking clean and treated water facilitated by Global Communities USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with the Rwanda Partner Organization African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE). JIBU Corporate Rwanda Ltd provided under its corporate social responsibility a donation of drinking water to the 2000 participants.

The event accommodating residents of Kigali sector at Mwendo Cell, Umutekano village was in line with the ongoing six months national WASH campaign which started on November 26th, 2016 and will close on April 26th, 2017, combining three international days (the World Water Day, Global Handwashing Day and World Toilet Day under the theme “Your health is your concern: Drinking safe water, hand washing for proper hygiene, and use of adequate sanitation”.

Dona Gakojo, in charge of Social Affairs at Kigali sector, recognized USAID Twiyubake’s support to the community and strongly encouraged the residents of Kigali sector attending the event to transmit the best hygiene practices to their neighbors and apply them in their households. They should strive to be shining example for the Nyarugenge district.

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