CIBITOKE December 23rd (ABP) – The social facilitator of the Family and Community Development Centers (CDFC) in Mugina commune, Cibitoke province, Mr. Joseph Sindakira affirms, in an interview with a check by ABP on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, that women grouped together in the savings and loan system called “Nawenuze”, have become economically independent.
Mr. Sindakira said that since 2018, women victims of SGBV in Mugina commune, have been gathered on their respective hills by the CDFC, to initiate them into the savings and credit system called “Nawenuze”, of the Ministry of National Solidarity, Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender.
He added that initially those women victims of SGBV were vulnerable who lacked almost everything, and who were abused by their spouses.
Thus, they were assisted by the ministry in charge of National Solidarity via the CDFC, which then trained them to form solidarity groups, and gradually began to save 500 BIF per woman and per week.
Mrs. Léoncie Nahishakiye, living in Muyange village of Mugina commune, positively appreciates the level of economic empowerment they are achieving today in her solidarity group of 30 women.
On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, it was their fourth meeting to share their savings and interest for a year, estimated at nearly seven million Burundian francs, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
She revealed to a check by ABP that they were initially discredited by their spouses, but that they gradually gained esteem, thanks to the “Nawenuze” system of savings and loans.
As a result, they have managed to buy portions of cultivable land, plots, small livestock, rent fields, undertake small businesses, educate their children and so forth, she said.