Rubengera Women have expressed their appreciation for the Rwandan government and different organisations that encouraged them to form a cooperative saying their living conditions indicate a remarkable change.
Most of the women who claim to have improved their state of living over cooperative involvement used to vend vegetables and fruits on basins around some towns and centres
The street vendor women had very little income until they were made to work in the market together; they formed a cooperative and increased their capital through saving schemes
The cooperative ‘Umubano Nyarwanda’ has accommodated many women who are now traders of various items. The work from a market built for them dubbed Rubengera Women’s Market.
‘Umubano Nyarwanda’ Cooperative was formed with 15 members who were street vendors in 2009 and they are 60 women at present.
They were taught to work together, form cooperatives with a saving scheme of Rwf1500 monthly.
Ancile Mukamwiza is a member of Umubano Nyarwanda cooperative who was carrying around a basin of sweet bananas worth Rwf1500 but four years later after joining the Umubano Nyarwanda cooperative, she has a charcoal depot and capital of Rwf300 000.
Another member of the cooperative Jeannette Uwayesu made only Rwf300 profit on the sack of mangoes she sold. Today she trades Irish potatoes and sells about 400 kilograms per day making Rwf10, 000 profits on a daily basis.
Members of Umubano Nyarwanda cooperative have a strategy of paying for their medical insurance at the same time as a cooperative.
All 60 members with their families pay Rwf720 000 for medical insurance from the cooperative funds with each member paying Rwf12 000 and including 3 other people to be paid for.