Saturday, 12 May 2012

Rwanda | Gatsibo: Motorcyclists adhere to self employment

Motorcyclists adhere Rwanda | Gatsibo:  Motorcyclists adhere to self employment
COMOGA cooperative in Gatsibo district highlight that 250 of its members will have bought their motorcycles for transportation purpose by the end of 2012.

COMOGA cooperative (for motor cyclists) in Gatsibo district came up with the idea after realising that working for others does not benefit them but bikes owners.

Aloys Rwabarinda, Head of COMOGA says that since this year 2012 began, the cooperative has bought 80 motorcycles for 80 members with the help of members’ contributions and a loan of Rwf56m that KCB Bank endorsed.

Members that got bicycles had permits but were using other peoples Motorcycles. After getting their own, they work as they pay back the loan.

Rwabarinda stresses that forming a cooperative has helped them to get jobs and uplift their social standards.

We have contributed to government programs like fighting nyakatsi by building for 5 people, paid health insurance for the 200 vulnerable residents, repaired a house for one genocide survivor and sent back to school 10 children that had dropped out due to poverty, Rwabarinda narrates.

However, members lament that they cannot settle for only motorcycles when they can buy vehicles since they are not afraid of working with banks like before.


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