The administration of Nyanza District have initiated a program of making people with disabilities become independent and be able to support themselves without relying on the alms given to them through begging as what has been the matter.
This program will bring together people with disabilities by forming cooperatives and advocate for them as Emmanuel Karabayinga the official in charge of issues of people with disabilities in Nyanza district explained.
“In Nyanza district, we have already formed 12 cooperatives for people with disabilities, some of them have been advocated for and they already got funds to help them support themselves” says Emmanuel Karabayinga.
‘COCUNYA’, ‘Abakundana Rwabicuma’ and ‘Abadahemukirana ba Mukingo’ cooperatives among the 12 cooperatives for people with disabilities have already been sponsored. Since the beginning of 2013, these 3 cooperatives have been given Rwf6.1million as a supporting fund.
Apart from finding these cooperatives financial support to be able to support them, people with disabilities are trained to increase their capabilities especially in management of cooperatives and in other different skills depending on each individual’s capacities.