Rwanda | Rutsiro : Residents urged to embrace saving culture

Residents urged to embrace saving culture

Members of associations that work with EJO HEZA project, have called upon other residents to save, acquire loans from financial institutions and start income generating projects. 

Residents of Mashubati sector in Rutsiro district that save through associations, reveal that they have achieved alot through saving and starting small projects that later expanded.

This was revealed on November 30th 2012 during the event to celebrate the “ money saving week” in Mushubati sector, organised by EJO HEZA project.

The saving week was started on october 29th 2012 and will close on November 3rd 2012.

Froduard Nsanzabakuze from “urumuri” association narrated:  “I didnt know the importance of saving, but now i save and acquire loans from Umurenge Sacco to develop my self.”

However, some residents do not care to understand joining associations and using bank loans due to their negative attitudes while others say they are poor, Nsanzabakuze adds.

Umukozi w’umushinga EJO HEZA , Laurien Jyambere, cordinator of EJO HEZA  says that anybody can save the little available and by joining efforts  with association members to fast development through loans.

Yagize ati : “You dont have to be rich or wealthy but saving is having a purpose, sacrificing some needs, keepp saving until you get a certain amount to start a small income generating project.”

EJO HEZA project focuses on four purposes; improving agricultural produce,health sector, nutrition and helping residents access loans from financial institutions.

Ejo Heza project works under CHF International that is funded by USAID.It works in Ngororero, Rutsiro, Karongi districts in western province, Nyanza, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Gisagara and Huye in southern province.

1083 residents in Rutsiro district work with this project but divided into 50 associations. In three months since the saving campaign started, they have raised Rwf1.6 million and hope for the best in future.

 

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