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Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

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Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

Rwanda is expected to benefit economically by reducing importation of second hand clothes through a tailoring factory—Kigali Garment Centre.

In collaboration of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Association of Professional Tailors the factory intended to be established would require Rwf2 billion as capital of which Rwf 20,000 is proposed share of grassroots members but one tailor would be allowed to buy more shares.

According to the Minister for trade and industry François Kanimba noted that Rwanda spends over 60 billion Rwandan Francs on second hand clothes annually.

Adding that wearing such clothes in not worth Rwandan value,’’ said Kanimba.

The minister for Trade and Industry said that in order to reduce the huge cost there is a need for concerted efforts to make locally knitted clothes to satisfy the Rwandan market.

“A recent study showed that, among the economic platforms, tailoring tops opportunities for increasing more locally made products. Of Rwf60 billion spent on imported clothes, half is for knitted clothes-why do you have to import knitted clothes like uniforms while we have tailors in Rwanda?” Kanimba added.

The Association of Professional of the Tailors of Rwanda (APT) has so far elected representatives in Kigali and it plans to extend to other district in the country.

Kanimba said that his ministry is planning to establish a tailoring institute in the country for skills training. He further said that the move to establish a tailoring factory will create more job.

Meanwhile, Rwanda has two textile factories— C and H garment and the Indian based UTEXIRWA.

Since 1984 Utexirwa runs at 40% percent capacity and produces about 12000 meter/ year and has a turnover of 3 $million; however the plant produces uniforms for students and other institution but does not produce for retail consumption.

In 2004, C and H garment, a Chinese textile company built a franchise in Kigali which produces also clothes for export market especially European stores with a capacity of 200 local workers at start up.

Kanimba noted that cutting down on second hand clothes is in line with government’s decision as well as EAC countries to ensure health, self-dignity as well as reduce unemployment among local youth.

‘’At least 15 per cent of off-farm jobs are create from tailoring and once the measures are implemented it will more than double,’’ said Kanimba.

Nyanza: Abikorera “PSF” bibutse bagenzi babo bazize Jenoside

Nyanza: Abikorera “PSF” bibutse bagenzi babo bazize Jenoside

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Ku gicamunsi cyo ku wa 24 Kamena 2015 abagize urugaga rw’abikorera ku giti cyabo (PSF) mu karere ka Nyanza  bibutse banunamira bagenzi babo barenga 150 bishwe muri jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994 mu Rwanda.

Urugendo rwo kwibuka rwahereye mu mujyi wa Nyanza berekeza ku rwibutso rwa Jenoside rw’akarere ka Nyanza ari naho umuhango wo kubibuka wabereye.

Madamu Kayitesi Immaculée, perezida w’urugaga rw’abikorera ku giti cyabo mu karere ka Nyanza yagarutse ku buremere bw’iki gikorwa cyo kwibuka ashima abacuruzi bacyitabiriye ndetse anenga by’umwihariko abatereranye bagenzi babo bagafunga amaduka ubundi bakigira mu bindi.

Nyanza: Abikorera “PSF” bibutse bagenzi babo bazize Jenoside

Yagize ati: “ Hari bagenzi bacu b’abacuruzi twabisikanaga turi mu rugendo bo bigiriye mu bindi byari biteye isoni. Ndagira ngo mbonereho umwanya wo kubagaya”.

Uyu muyobozi w’urugaga rw’abikorera yakomeje avuga ko kwibuka abazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi nta muntu n’umwe bitareba ku buryo bamwe babyitabira abandi ntibabyitabire.

Umuyobozi wa Ibuka mu karere ka Nyanza Kayigamba Canisius nawe yunzemo avuga ko umuco kwibuka bituma amateka jenoside yakorewe abatutsi yagize mu Rwanda atibagirana.

Agira ati: “ Kwibuka ni umwanya mwiza wo gusubiza amaso inyuma kugira ngo dufatire hamwe ingamba zo guharanira ko jenoside itakongera kubaho ukundi”.

Francis Nkurunziza umuyobozi wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu wari umushyitsi mukuru yasabye abikorera mu karere ka Nyanza gukora cyane bagamije kusa ikivi cya bangenzi babo bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994 mu Rwanda.

Yagize ati: ‘ Iyo mukoze cyane mugatera imbere muba murwanyije abapfobya jenoside yakorewe abatutsi kuko ubwabo baba bifuza ko mutatera imbere”.

Abashishikariza gukomeza gutera imbere yabasabye kurwanya abaofobya jenoside cyane cyaned abari hanze y’u Rwanda bafata abahagaritse jenoside akaba aribo bayitirira.

Urugaga rw’ibikorera ku giti cyabo mu karere ka Nyanza byari ku nshuro ya kane bibuka bagenzi babo bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994 mu Rwanda.

Rulindo: MIDIMAR supports Poor people with social necessities

Rwanda | Rulindo: MIDIMAR supports Poor people with social necessities

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) has donated construction Materials and livestock to people in Shyorongi sector in Rulindo District on the Tuesday the 4th.Sept.2012.

 Rulindo: MIDIMAR supports Poor people with social necessities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residents in this sector were affected by rainfall in the last months and most of the properties and houses were destroyed. Those that were given construction materials were happy that they are going to be happy while living in their houses since they were living in other people’s homes after the destruction of their houses one of these residents is Venansiya Mukandoli who got shelter thanks to the sector administration.

 Rulindo: MIDIMAR supports Poor people with social necessities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaspard Murenzi who represented MIDIMAR said that this organization works in some districts in Rwanda and it gives basic support to vulnerable people and teaches general skills to people and it is supported by Japan Government.

 

 

Rwanda | Tabagwe resident acclaims

Rwanda | Tabagwe: resident acclaims Social welfare, development programs over malnutrition war

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Rwanda | Tabagwe resident acclaimsA sixty (60) year elderly man François Xavier Habiyakare, a residence of Tabagwe sector- Nyagatare District is reported to provide milk among his neighbours in a move to join the Government in the war against malnutrition; a social development he is proud of.

The old man was given a cow in local health advisors programme called “Gira inka Mujyanama. According to the cooperative Habiyakare was given an expectant cow that is now giving him about 10 litres of milk a day of which he sells 2 litres and the remaining 8 litres is distributed among the neighbours to fight malnutrition and kwashiorkor among the children.

During the celebration of the achievements of the health advisors of Tabagwe sector on the 31stAug.2012, Habiyakare gave them an example of a woman who recently gave birth in their village and he promised to provide them with one litre of milk per day.

Since this cow is milked 5 litres in the morning and 5 in the night, Habiyakare gives the morning milk to children, who bring grasses to the cow and for the evening and the milk in the evening he sells the 2 litres and remains with 3 litres for his family of 8 members.

He is grateful for this cow for providing good health to his family and his neighbours and he was able to get the 24.000francs to pay for mutuelle de santé medical insurance for all members of his family thanks to this cow.

Apart from improving the social welfare of his family members and his neighbours and being able to pay for the medical insurance of his family, Habiyakare says that this cow has boosted his farming production.

With the manure the cow provides, his production has increased tr4emendously as in the garden he used to get 1sack of maize production, he was able to harvest 5 sacks of maize production this time after using manure. Habiyakare intends to take good care of this cow to make other small projects that can develop him.

 

 

 

 

Rutsiro: VUP provides mattresses to poor people

Rwanda | Rutsiro: VUP provides mattresses to poor people

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The lifestyles of about 68 vulnerable people in Manihira sector in Rutsiro district will change after being given mattresses by VUP on the 24th.Aug.2012 in a way of eradicating poverty.

Rutsiro: VUP provides mattresses to poor people

 

 

 

Recently, this sector was said to have about 156 residents that are more poor than others by VUP project that intends to develop more poor sectors and it gave mattresses to hose people and the 68 remaining were also given on the 24th.Aug.2012.

Faustin Muhoranyi Nganizi  the executive secretary of Manihira sector asked the people who were given mattresses to take care of the aid they are given but most importantly to strive to live without expecting the aid but to work hard and find solutions to their problems.

VUP project has programs like giving work to capable people and giving them monthly salaries in 2 instalments after every 15 days and it gives supporting aid to the old and children who take care of themselves.

This project also gives credit to weak people who can pay it back with only2percent interest rate.

 

 

Kamonyi: District Advisory Council tells genocide orphans to wake up

Rwanda | Kamonyi: District Advisory Council tells genocide orphans to wake up

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Kamonyi: District Advisory Council tells genocide orphans to wake up

The orphans of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi are supposed to develop themselves and fill the gap left by their parents, according to Gonzaga Bizimana, the president of the advisory council for Kamonyi district.

Bizimana was addressing 15 orphans of genocide who are taken care of by different families in Kayumbu sector during the council’s visit in the area.

Visiting these orphans is a yearly act to the district advisory council and which is about to show these orphans that they are not alone and that they will support them through. The council contributed and bought a cow to these children to support the president of the republic in Girinka program.

These 15 children that were visited are raised in 12 families and they were happy saying that it always feels great to be remembered and cared for by their leaders and that it gives them hope.

Pierre Celestin Nsengiyumva the executive secretary of Kayumbu sector thanked this council for giving a cow to one of these orphans as in they intended to give cows to the 6 families by the end of the year in their performing contracts.

The cow was given to Grace Uwamahoro and the remaining 5 children will be given cows by the sector. These children said that they need people to guide them so as to have a better future.

NYARUGURU BAMWE MUBASIGAJWE INYUMA N’AMATEKA BARAVUGA KO BATARAGERWAHO NA GAHUNDA Z’ITERAMBERE

Rwanda | Nyaruguru: Some communities complain over Girinka Programme

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NYARUGURU BAMWE MUBASIGAJWE INYUMA N’AMATEKA BARAVUGA KO BATARAGERWAHO NA GAHUNDA Z’ITERAMBERE

Rwandans from the Twa community in Busanze sector- Nyaruguru District say they are poor because government development programs like agricultural development are not well communicated in their place.

On the issue that Girinka program as one of agricultural programmes in the country has not yet benefited the Twa, Fabien Niyitegeka, vice mayor for economic affairs in the District remarks that government programs do not discriminate but meant for all vulnerable residents of Rwanda.

Niyitegeka adds that Twa community are being prepared and trained to handle other better projects for their environment like piggery and chicken farming.

Nyaruguru district authorities say they are organizing projects that will promote social development among the Twa.

Some residents of Gatunda in Busanze sector reveal they depend on pottery which is not earning much in this generation.

Asiteriya Mukankusi explains pottery is heredity and they cannot quit doing it without another activity to give them small money for home use.

Mukankusi adds: “We are very poor and in need to develop but pot making can never get us anywhere. If we get land for cultivation and animal keeping, we can be better.”

Nyaruguru vice mayor stresses that most of the problems Twa people have are based on negative attitude. Its in that order that a health worker will be assigned to care for their social affairs and to help change their mindset.

Rwanda | Rusizi Mushaka trading

Rwanda | Rusizi: Mushaka trading centre under renovation

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Rwanda | Rusizi Mushaka tradingAfter the President of Rwanda H.E Paul Kagame visited Rwimbogo sector in Rusizi district and questioned about poor old buildings in Mushaka trading centre, renovation activities have started.

Philippe Ngirente, in charge of social affairs in Rwimbogo sector on August 7th 2012 said 91 percent of the buildings in this area are modern.

Mushaka trading centre in Rwimbogo sector in Rusizi district, is known in history for receiving foreigners (Burundians and Congolese) that neighbour with it and come to attend the market for many years.

When the president visited in 2010, he asked the residents to renovate the buildings and improve sanitation, reveals Philippe Ngirente.

Concerning the old buildings, the sector administration tackled renovation and building processes and now at 91 percent of what was expected according to the sector’s master plan.

Although they had planned to complete renovation activities before June 30th 2012, it did not come to pass due to lack of bricks but, it has to end this year, narrates Ngirente.

Mushaka trading centre does business with foreigners more than Rwandans because of the food stuffs like cassava, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas and livestock especially goats from Rwimbogo, Nzahaha, Gashonga and Nyakarenzo sectors.

 

Rwanda | Gakenke town master

Rwanda : Gakenke town master plan set in place

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Rwanda | Gakenke town masterThe Advisory council of Gakenke District has set a town master plan following a meeting on the 7th.Aug.2012 where it decided to bring basic infrastructure services like water and electricity to the town to enable quick building and development of the area.

Gakenke town is made of 11 villages 7 of which are in Gakenke sector and 4 from Nemba sector according to the new master plan of the town.

Since Gakenke town is chaotic due to bad buildings that make it, every person’s contribution is needed to develop it and make it better as Zephyrin Ntakirutimana the vice mayor for social affairs of Gakenke district said.

The district planned Rwf38million to be used during expropriation period to clear land in this town and these plots will be sold at agreed price and the money be taken back to the district account. In this town there are a few nice residential houses and at least one storied commercial house and others are slums and old houses.

Many people are not sure how this town will be developed as people who get rich decide to build in already developed cities like Kigali city or Musanze town.

Hindiro sector eradicates

Rwanda | Ngororero: Hindiro sector eradicates malnutrition

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Although Hindiro is one of 13 sectors that make Ngororero district and the poorest of all, residents come first in fighting against malnutrition.

Athanase Sebyenda in charge of social affairs denote the residents have rose to fight malnutrition through teaching residents how to prepare balanced diet, growing vegetables and not waiting upon help.

Hindiro sector eradicates

According to nutritionists at Kabaya and Muhororo hospitals in Ngororero district, Hindiro has the lowest number of malnourished

Sebyenda asserts this sector had 8 malnourished children who were 8 in the beginning of 2012 but only two are not yet cured while the 6 are in phase one and two and greatly improving as according to the reports of community health workers.

Sebyenda explains that according to how poor Hindiro residents are and how active they embrace different programs meant for them, social and economic development would be attained if other residents follow their example.

He adds that even school children from Hindiro sector perform well academically compared to other sectors of Ngororero district which gives hope for a better future of the place.

 

 

 

 

 

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