We brought them together in informal groups and lent them money to enable them start small businesses

Parents whose children were rehabilitated from street are developing themselves through “Kwigira” informal groups which enable them to start small businesses.

Francoise Byukusenge, a resident in Kagugu cell, Kinyinya Sector in Gasabo District, says her child went on street due to poverty in their family.

After getting her child rehabilitated by Abadacogora-Intwari, she got a 40.000Rwf support in 2014 to start a small business.

She makes baskets that she sells and earn money that she uses in solving family problems

After earning profit thanks to those basket she started selling local beer known as “Ubushera” at the instance that she earns 50.000Rwf on a monthly basis from those baskets she makes and the beer she sells.

Angelique Mutegarugori sells fruits in Nyabugogo market also says she is developing herself thanks to the 80.000Rwf capital that she got from Abadacogora-Intwari.

“Before I get the capital I was a street trader, I no longer run after client because I have an address and am earning money” says Mutegarugori.

Mutegarugori says that “Kwigira” informal groups help them develop because they enabled them start small business which generate money to solve family problems.

She adds that people don’t need big capitals to start developing themselves. They rather need strong ideas to enable them start small businesses which can generate money.

Josiane Mushashi, the Coordinator of Abadacogora-Intwari says that money was given as a support to parents whose children were rehabilitated from street.

She adds that the money was given to those parents in order to find solutions to family problems which push children to go on street.

“We brought them together in informal groups and lent them money to enable them start small businesses that can generate money to take care of their families” says Mushashi.

Poverty is among causes that push children go on street. Supporting families in this way is considered as prevention strategy as some children go on street because of poverty in families, adds Mushashi.

“Kwigira” informal groups’ project started in 2014 by providing personal loans but it was not profitable. In 2016 they started “Kwigira” groups.

Since 2014 until 2018, 766 parents have been brought together in “Kwigira” groups. They were given 37.7million Rwandan Francs, each parent getting 80.000Rwf to start a small business.

Beneficiaries pay back that money to be lent to other parents whose children went on street.

Father Donatien Twizeyumuremyi, director of Caritas Kigali says that the aim is to uproot causes that incites children to go on street. It is the reason why those groups work hand in hand with RIM microfinance institution which urges them to make savings for them to develop themselves.

Parents who have been benefiting from those loans are from City of Kigali districts, namely Gasabo, Nyarugenge and Kicukiro.