On her third day of her visit to Rwanda, Benin First Lady Claudine Talon along with her Rwanda counterpart Jeannette Kagame yesterday visited Indatwa Village built in Nyagatovu of Mukarange sector in Kayonza district, Eastern Province.
Indatwa village is a model in uplifting Rwandans from poverty which also has Early Childhood Development and Family Centre built by Imbuto Foundation.
Benin First lady and Madam Jeannette Kagame were taken through the village to witness the progress realized by resettled vulnerable dwellers who gave testimonies on how their lives have been transformed.
Uwicyeza Vestine, a resident of the village, showcased to the first ladies a kitchen backyard that helped her family and neighbors to overcome malnutrition and how cows donated by president Paul Kagame have provided milk, income, manure and biogas generation.
“We have achieved a lot in the last five years when we settled here. We have a communal kraal where we keep cows donated by president Kagame. Indeed, we have a beautiful house obtained from him which saw us graduate from grass-thatched houses and from disaster risk zones. We received water and electricity, a health center, a market all of which accompanied by good advice requiring us to grow in mind,” she said.
Indatwa Village was built by Imbuto Foundation in collaboration with partners. It has 90 houses in which Rwandans from Ubudehe category of vulnerable people, people without residences, and repatriated refugees were resettled. It was inaugurated by First Lady Jeannette Kagame in July 2013.
After resettlement, president Kagame gave them cows which have since reproduced to 70 kept in a communal kraal.
The village has a childhood development center caring helping parents to realize better livelihoods and economic progress through various projects including handcrafts.
Madam Jeannette Kagame showed her guest, Claudine Talon, “Women’s Opportunity Center”, helping women to find opportunities to develop themselves through trainings in various handicrafts.