Residents of Jarama cell of Gihombo sector in Nyamasheke district have extolled Umurenge Vision Program (VUP) for being an answer to social and economic development.
Gihombo sector was one of the poorest sectors and that’s why it was given the first priority when VUP started. At that time, many residents were below poverty line but today many have achieved social development not to talk of accessing the loans, make profits and pay back in time.
“I am more optimistic and I am looking forward to more happy years that I did not get to enjoy due to the excruciating pain I lived in,” Chadrack Kajabo, 73, resident of Jarama cell of Gihombo explained
With the direct support money Kajabo receives monthly, he has built a house and owns a cow for daily milk and manure to boost his crops.
The many beneficiaries of VUP direct support formed groups and created projects that provide them income and today many residents are a decent lives.
Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, the mayor of Nyamasheke district argued beneficiaries of VUP to make use of the support they receive and develop themselves and never to go back the life of poverty they lived in before.
“Those of you who asked for loans, be trustworthy and pay back on the specified conditions so those who haven’t received could get the benefits you’re enjoying today,” explained the mayor.
The mayor noted that VUP programs operates in all sectors of Nyamasheke district.
Poor people with physical strength are employed in social works; the vulnerable receive a monthly allowance of direct support and those who form groups are given loans to invest in developmental projects.