BUJUMBURA June 23rd (ABP) – The pireri fc association of Ntahangwa commune, Kinama zone, said on Monday, June 21, 2021 that the profession of making sandals from contributes enormously to reducing unemployment, a check by ABP revealed.
The young people who make the sandals out of tires are of different levels. There are those who have failed primary school, others who have not been educated and who have been demobilized.
They started in 2004 with a number of 12 people and they each contributed 5,000 BIF to have a capital of 60,000 BIF, and now they number 25 people, the leader of the association, Mr. Venant Gahungu, told the check by ABP in an interview.
Mr. Gahungu added that this profession supports many households and allows them to pay the school fees of their children. He also indicated that they sell a pair of sandals for 1000 BIF and that each one can have 4000 to 6000 BIF per day.
But he reported that before Covid-19, they were earning 20,000 to 50,000 each for two days because their customers from the Democratic Republic of Congo used to buy more than 1,000 pairs of sandals. The members of the association also make a contribution of 2000 BIF each per day which goes into the association’s fund to be shared equally at the end of the year.
The pireri fc association thanks the State for opening the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is praying for the movement of goods and people between the two countries to return to normal.
Note that the members of the said association organize football matches every Saturday and call on all young people to team up in associations or cooperatives to put their ideas together instead of sitting on their hands.