Women in Kazo sector, who were affected by poverty, came together, formed a cooperative and started maize flour Processing Plant to get out of the poverty cycle.
In the period when their lives are having a gleaming light, their hope is being threatened by the fact that this Processing Plant is in residential area.
People living near this Processing Plant complain of the noise created by the machines and would like it if this Plant would shift. The women who formed the cooperative say they started this Processing Plant to eradicate poverty in their homes and cannot financially manage to shift the Plant to another place.
Brigitte Mukarugwiza the chairperson of this cooperative say their project was productive but it is faced by many limitations especially being in a residential area.
“We are not capable of expropriating the neighbouring people or shift the plant. The credit we had got was used in buying the plot and constructing the plant.”
Mukarugwiza says this situation is confusing since they bought the land with the project
in plan and their local authorities knew about it and never even once stopped or advised them to stop the project.
People neighbouring this Processing Plant started complaining during the trial of the machines to which the sector suggested a big wall be put between the factory and people’s homes. The nearest neighbour lives in about 5 meters from the Processing Plant.
Women owners of this Processing Plant had got a loan of Rwf3 million to buy the plot and construct the Plant. They are waiting for the district’s decision concerning their problem to be sure whether their dreams will come tumbling down the drain or if they will keep up hope for their future.