This is a recent story after AEE and Kindernothilfe have started and supported Self Help Groups in the south of Rwanda.
“Before I joined AEE’s Self Help Group I used to work for others without any vision, plan and target. My life was like a circle not moving forward but just going around and around. As a widowed woman, feeding my children was a big challenge. Because of the extreme poverty in which I was living my son left school. When I was wondering about my future I was afraid and was crying and hopeless.
But after I joined the group I received training on things such as savings and loans management, goal setting and business mindset, and these training have completely changed my life. I took a small loan from my Self Help Group and rented land to grow rice, beans, maize and banana. Nowadays I harvest 2.5 tons of rice, 1.5 tons of beans and 2 tons of maize.
As I have received knowledge and skills about how to manage loans I took a loan from SACCO and bought a house at the centre to us a store because I know to buy crop food when there are abundant and at a low price and sell them when there is a increase in the price.
These businesses generate income for me to use to satisfy the family basics needs such food, clothes, health insurance, school fees and school materials.
I have a biogas used as a source of light that helping my children learn during evening. Through the Self Help Group I have achieved many things and I would like to thank AEE and its donors.