The following story is related to One of Tuvuge Twiyubaka Association beneficiaries.We invite you to read it as you realize the fruits of our partneship.
My name is Clarisse. I am 18 years old and I am Rwandan by nationality. I am the oldest child in my family. I live with my mother and my three brothers. My father died from AIDS in 2000 when I was only six years old.
After my father died life started getting hard. In 2005, all of us in the family took an HIV test and results revealed that my brother and my two brothers were HIV positive.
From that time on, my mother who is also asthmatic got more and more at such extent that she could hardly work to feed my young brothers and me. That is why I decided to leave the school and try to start a small business of selling food stuffs so that I can sustain my family. This happened when I was in senior 3.
I invested very little money of 30000Rfw ($50) that my mother had borrowed from a friend. With this small investment, I started selling vegetable whereby I could make a small profit by which I managed to feed and clothe myself and my family. I could make the profit of 4000Rfw (7$) per week.
In 2011, grassroots leaders connected with Tuvuge Twiyubaka. After being identified, I joined the cooperative TUZAMURANE assisted by Tuvuge Twiyubaka which comprises 20 young girls who sell foodstuffs in Kabacuzi market.
Tuvuge Twiyubaka started by training us about HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and the management of small income generating projects. After being trained, we received the support through microloans. In phase One, we obtained 30000Rw ($50) each person which significantly increased our small investment.
Through this support, my asset went up to 60000Rwf ($100) which helped to increase the food and other items I sold both in quantity and quality. Then after, a team from TT visited me at home. They took time to listen to me and my family and saw our destroyed house. After seeing the situation, they felt so compassionate by our miserable life and how a young girl like me can do her best to support her family. Even myself, I could notice how each person from the delegation was so affected and concerned by my situation. Before they returned home, they addressed to me a message of hope and patience which comforted me so much.
One week after, the same team came to see me again. This time they brought us foodstuffs composed of rice, beans, maize flour and cooking oil. Thanks to this support, I managed to save money that I spent on feeding the family during two months which safeguarded my small business within that time.
At the moment, I make a monthly profit of 24000Fw ($40) whereby I nourish and clothe my family and myself. In addition to this, I am able to save 1200Rfw ($2) per week but more importantly, this support from TT, has rendered me financially independent and to overcome temptations of men about sex.
Brief, with TT support, I hope that my business will continue to grow. I have a strong confidence that one day, due to my work; I shall have enough money and become rich so that I can support my family and myself.
Blessed be all.