My name is MAJAMBERE Jean Baptiste, and I am from BWINYANA , VUMBI commune. I am married man and a father of 4 children. Before IKIGEGA IWACU project, we did not have a group here. Life was very difficult for us small farmers because the wear was commonplace especially in case of illness, traders used to give us credits on buying at very low prices our property. In agriculture, the harvest was very low, not to say zero. With the IKIGEGA IWACU project, we learned to save money and take loans with a reasonable interest rate which angered usurers.
We have gained knowledge about agricultural techniques to conserve our soils, to harvest more on a small piece of land. In our community, the planting of cassava has increased the harvest significantly, therefore, the foodstuffs (previously, we collected on more than 10 feet of cassava for a single meal but currently on one foot, we can harvest more three times). Now, for lack of market, we have kept the cassava on foot but it is for certain varieties. If HELP CHANNEL could teach us how to conserve cassava it will enchant us. I would not hesitate to say thanks to Help Channel and its field team for its contribution in empowering us.
My name is Yvonne NINDAMUTSA, 42 years old, I am a widow and a member of the DUKUNDANE Association of Mabanda Hill.
Before the project ‘Ikigega iwacu’, we used a large workforce for field activities with a large amount of seeds and other inputs during planting. But the harvest was very weak despite all these means used.
Currently, I use a reduced workforce following the principle of minimum tillage; the fertilizers used are in small quantities following the adoption of mulching and the amount of seed was also reduced after adopting proper spacing for each crop. Previously if remember well, I was using more than 5 kg of seeds, broadcasting seeds but today I use about 1 kg for the same plot.
Before the project, I did not have to ask for a credit. But for the moment, in the Dukundane association, I can easily have a credit of 100 thousands BIF refundable in three months. I use this credit for the purchase of banana for making banana beer (urwarwa in Kirundi). With income from that business, I manage to buy clothes, pay school fees for my children.