USAID Twiyubake implementing partner in Nyarugenge district African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) created the Twisungane saving group on July 29th 2016 in Rwesero cell, Kigali sector. The group is composed of 18 members. Out of the 18 members, 12 are indigenous traditional potters who used to be marginalized in the society and impoverished.

Josephine M. is widow and a mother of four children. She lives in Cyanika sector in Burera District in the Northern Province of Rwanda.

When her husband passed away in 2007, Josephine very soon was overwhelmed by the poverty and all the unmet needs which arose. She struggled a lot to get little earnings. “It was very hard to find food for all my four children. Often they spent the entire day without eating, I did not take much care for myself and people would not help us. I harvested very low yields on my small land plot and it was impossible to respond to the household needs”, explained Josephine.

Francoise N., 46 years, has 2 children who are in secondary school. She is living in Gashari sector, Karongi district. She used to be very poor and to beg in her village to survive. Since 2011, she lives in a small house provided by the sector.

On September 28, 2017, the USAID CHAIN program management team and CHAIN implementing partners Rwanda Social Marketing Program (SFH), Turengere Abana (FXB), Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Activity (CIP), Iron Rich Beans Activity (Harvest Plus), and Twiyubake as the CHAIN focal point in the district and a representative from Rwanda Medical Center visited USAID Twiyubake supported activities in Burera district. CHAIN partners work with the same communities and coordinate their program resources. The overall objective of the visit was to assess the partners’ coordination, and identify needs for a more effective collaboration.

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