Residents in Ngoma district have commended Girinka Munyarwanda, a programme initiated by H.E Paul Kagame in 2006 as a tool to fight extreme poverty for improving their livelihoods.
The cows are handed to the destitute families to improve their nutrition, generate income through the sale of surplus milk and manure.
Beneficiaries of the Girinka program are able to provide themselves with the basic necessities, send their children to school and pay medical insurance (Mutuelle de Sante). The program also helps local farmers improve soil fertility with the manure they get from the cow.
“The vulnerable have developed socially because of Girinka program. It was totally different before the liberation of Rwanda,” said Jean Baptiste Ngirababo, a resident in Kazo sector.
The Girinka Program (One Cow per Family) was launched in 2006 by the government with the objective of poverty alleviation and improving nutrition among poor families.
Though Girinka program is supposed to wind up in 2015, Over 5,448 cows have been given out in Ngoma district under Girinka Munyarwanda and so far 110.788 cows have been distributed nationwide.