Ruhango: Genocide widows urged to form cooperatives

Cheva Mujawandori, a member of Imena Ruhango

Cheva Mujawandori, a member of Imena Ruhango

Members of Imena-Ruhango, a cooperative for 1994 Tutsi genocide widows in Ruhango district are in a sensitization drive to form co-operatives for sustainable development among left out widows.

Imena-Ruhango, a cooperative for mulberry cultivation (Moriculture) and silkworm farming (Sericulture) operates in Ruhango sector of Ruhango district. Members have improved their livelihoods through mulberry cultivation and silkworm farming.

 “After forming the cooperative, we ventured in mulberry cultivation and silkworm farming. We have developed socially and economically,” said Cheva Mujawandori, a member.

Silkworms produce fiber that is used in making clothes

 “Apart from financial gains, the cooperative helped members to freely mingle in the society. We share ideas and promote development,” said Jenevieve Uwurukundo, president of Imena-Ruhango cooperative.

To support the cooperative, Rwanda National Sericulture Centre appointed a permanent expert Jean Bosco Gatete to supervise sericulture activities.

Imena-Ruhango cooperative started in 2008 and has 23 members. The cooperative profits over Rwf500000 annually

Imena-Ruhango is supported by AVEGA, a non-profit organization that aims to bring hope to widows, orphans, parents who lost their children, the elderly and the handicapped of 1994 Tutsi genocide.

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