Work in Cooperatives for the brighter future

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During a field visit that took place at MUHANGA and KARONGI Districts on 20-21 September 2012 by the delegation from RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP; The main call was “Work in Cooperatives for the brighter future, Strong Education of our children, Agriculture and farming so that we can fight against poverty”. This was the call for cooperatives supported by different Members Organisations of Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion

The visit to Muhanga district was conducted on the 20th September 2012 and two cooperatives of beneficiaries supported by Caritas Rwanda and Association IGIHOZO; both members of the Rwanda Forum of NGOs on AIDS and Health Promotion. Caritas Rwanda is supporting thirty vulnerable families in Muhanga District among which are people living with HIV and OVCs and it offers farmer trainings to the beneficiaries on agriculture.

Caritas Rwanda has about seventy groups that organized together for saving and rending money to each other for assistance in self development. One of such groups, Twuzuzanye cooperative, is operating in Shyogwe sector that the monitor visited and it has thirty members who are into saving and rending money to each other.

On the same date, Duteraninkunga cooperative gathering 22 poor people among which are PLWHIV supported by IGIHOZO Association was visited. The cooperative has a small farm of four cows and a vegetable garden. Currently two of the cows have calves and are providing milk to the members. This is so helpful to poor families and PLWHIV who benefit from the milk for nutritional supplement.

The visit to KARONGI District happened on the 21st September 2012. Activities of “Dutezimberagaseke cooperative” supported by ActionAid Rwanda one of the RNGOF member Organizations. The cooperative has a membership of sixty one persons in all among which fifty four (Female=54) are women and seven are men (male=7). This cooperative under the support of ActionAid Rwanda has several developmental activities:

  • A farm of one hundred and sixty nine layer hens, six cows and two school gardens. The cooperative owns six cows now among which four are heifers/milk cows providing milk for the early childhood care development centre. The cows are in a very good condition, they have enough hay and the kraal is clean enough. It has also a farm of 169 layer chicken that is in a very good condition. The hens provide about one hundred and forty eggs per day on average and these are sold and some left for the kids in the pre-primary childhood care centre run by the same cooperative
  • A Nursery school childhood care development centre has seventy seven Nursery school children, 41 girls and 36 boys. The classes are well equipped and the school has a sleeping room for the kids which is very neat.
  • A maize mill machine that has a capacity to produce five tons of flour a day. With this machine, people come to get their grain milled at lower costs and without incurring transport problems that would arise if they decided to go to other centers far from their locality. They also accept a barter trade kind of assistance where by those people in the community who do not have cash, can bring grain worth the money for grinding and they get their maize milled.

In General, the following challenges were noted and they apply to almost all of the visited cooperatives. These are:

  • There is a mix-up of people that are not homogenous in one group or cooperative which causes them to sometimes not cooperate for the common cause. This was evident where women most of the time are the ones participating regularly in the activities of the cooperative.
  • Members of cooperatives being most of the time weak and vulnerable people are not capable of running the activities smoothly. Especially with cows which require laborious care.

Vegetable garden, Caritas Rwanda Shyogwe-MUHANGA

Cows of Tuzamuragaseke Cooperative, Gitesi-KARONGI

Maize mill which can produce 5 tons of flour per a day

Maize flour stock