He made the revelation on Tuesday 5th October 2021 during the celebration of World Teachers’ Day.
The shop brings a discounted bargain where educators from accredited education institutions can access necessities, including foodstuff, home appliances, and scholastic materials for their children at a low price. Teachers can also shop on debt and pay later.
The idea to create the shop followed teachers’ concerns that their salary is low compared to market prices.
Though it was founded in 2017, the first shop was opened in February this year.
Other shops are expected to be launched in different districts gradually.
Speaking during the celebration, Mukarutesi assured teachers that their shop might be opened in the near future.
“You wish to get teachers’ shop was taken into consideration. Efforts to create it are underway. I have followed up personally where commercial buildings in which the shop will operate have been booked already,” she said.
Mukarutesi explained that the shops will first be opened in Bwishyura, Rubengera and Gasenyi with expectations to be extended to other sectors gradually.
In 2006, the Government introduced Umwalimu Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO), a teachers’ credit and savings scheme meant to improve their lives through easy access to financial services and loans at moderate interest rate.
Karongi district registers 80% of teachers who built own houses after securing loans from Umwalimu SACCO.
Once they are up and running, the shops will be an extra milestone to improving teachers’ welfare.
Taussi Nyampundu, representing teachers’ association in Karongi district revealed that they have attained remarkable progress to be proud of.
“We have registered tremendous progress where 80% of teachers have own houses. We also run small businesses and farming activities among others,” she said.
During the ceremony, best performing teachers were also awarded with laptops and other electronic gadgets.