Vulnerable genocide survivors in Rukomo sector, Rurenge cell, Nyagatare district credited the Rwandan government for improving their living conditions and health through Girinka, a programme that donates cattle to households. The residents made the remarks to bahoneza.com recently.
“Vulnerable genocide survivors are given cattle as a way to promote self-reliance,”says Isaie Niyonsenga, Chairman, Rukomo Sector.
Girinka beneficiaries told this website that the programme increased crop yields due to the cow dung they use as manure. Their health improved as well because of the milk from the donated cows.
“I drink milk daily. I also spare milk to sell and get money to meet other needs,” says Esperance Kambugu; a genocide survivor.
“Before I got a cow, life was hard. I would get milk from a friend. I am grateful to the government for the Girinka initiative,” commented another survivor, Maria Mukamutara.
Under the Girinka program, 16 households for vulnerable genocide survivors in Rurenge village got cattle.
Girinka programme was initiated by President Paul Kagame in 2006 to accelerate poverty reduction and integrate livestock and crop farming in Rwanda.
Since its introduction, more than 180,000 cows which account to 51.6 percent of the program target by 2017 have been distributed.