Project: community Idjwi
The Idjwi Women’sgroup UFIN

There is no doubt that Madame Esperance provides the leadership and authority needed to succeed and we have once again learnt the value of collaborating with local organisations – in this case UFIN – to identify opportunities and set them up.

We have offered loans to a women’s group led by Madame Esperance, the wife of the Mwami in North idjwi. The group is called UFIN and it has nearly 500 members.

Back in September they proposed four businesses centred around the Kishenyi market in the Bunyakiri groupment. They include a wholesale depot for farine and another for cassava and all are now up and running and employing local people. There is no doubt that Madame Esperance provides the leadership and authority needed to succeed and we have once again learnt the value of collaborating with local organisations – in this case UFIN – to identify opportunities and set them up.

We have also learnt the value of comprehensive training. In November Amani and Bahati spent several hours working through the basic principles and practices of setting up and sustaining a business and we are confident in the women’s capacity to apply the learning and ensure the businesses are a sustainable success once the loans are repaid.