These beneficiaries made the revelation on 22nd May 2021 as the committee of Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali visited them at their respective working sites in Kinyinya sector, Gasabo district to witness how their sewing projects have brought positive transformations to their lives.
Initially, Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali provided 10 sewing machines and other necessary equipment to 10 vulnerable residents in Kabeza cell, Kanombe sector in Kicukiro district who were also equipped with tailoring skills and started working in November 2019.
The second batch of 10 beneficiaries from Batsinda cell, Kinyinya sector in Gasabo district receiving sewing machines in January 2021 after acquiring relevant skills.
Selected beneficiaries include mothers whose children’s education is funded by Rwanda Children Educational Foundation (RCEF). The organization which promotes education among vulnerable families trained beneficiaries on tailoring techniques.
The Head of Small and Medium Enterprises at RCEF, Jean Pierre Ntirenganya thanked Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali for supporting these residents to attain transformed livelihoods.
“RCKMJ has walked with us from the beginning until they completed training. Today, they are no longer learning but have acquired hands-on skills used to generate income,” he said.
The President of Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali, Gérard Handika also commended RCEF for bringing together beneficiaries which contributed to the success of the programme.
“We want them to continue working courageously. More great things will come their way as they get more resources,” he noted.
Beneficiaries who spoke to IGIHE said they were hit hard and had no hope for improved livelihoods until donors introduced the project.
Now, they speak with a voice of hope and optimism for ever-lasting transformations.
“I received the sewing machine in 2019 at a time when I could not afford children’s school fees. Today, the situation has changed. I pay school fees, feed my family, wear smart clothes and sew for my children as well,” said Peace Mukagakwaya.
Gertrude Musabyimana was a street vendor before receiving a sewing machine.
“I am grateful to donors from the bottom of my heart. I no longer feel isolated because I have been capacitated to generate income like other entrepreneurs. I have turned into a smart resident leading decent life, accessing basic needs and helping members of the community to wear smart clothes,” she revealed.
RCEF was created in 2013 and licensed by Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in 2017. Today, it provides school fees and for over 120 students, subscribes them for Mutuelle de Santé and gives them necessary kits as well.
In 2019, Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali celebrated 20 years since it launched humanitarian assistance programs to promote Rwandans’ welfare in general.
Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali was established in 1999 as a subsidiary of Rotary Club Kigali Doyen, which was launched in Rwanda 50 years ago.
Like other rotary clubs, Kigali Mont Jali focuses on providing support to addressing problems facing the world by combating illiteracy and poverty, contributing to the provision of safe water, handling disputes, fighting outbreaks and combating through the provision of poliomyelitis vaccinations among other activities supporting the needy.