Friday 6 May 2016

In the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the far north-eastern part of Italy, there is a large group of friends who support AMU projects, especially the ones in Burundi. The Region has co-financed some of these projects, including the current one “Microcredit and strengthening of the rural cooperative system”. On April 1st 2015 a presentation meeting was held in Udine: Andrea Mosca of AMU FVG tell us about it.

«AMU Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) and the partner association “Together for a United World” presented on Friday 1st April in Udine an event entitled “Microcredit and projects in Burundi” open to all those interested.

The aim of this meeting was to present the new project in progress in Burundi, co-funded by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia: “Microcredit and strengthening of the rural cooperative system in Ruyigi province.”

The event also pointed towards raising public awareness on the various development cooperation initiatives of the associations involved, as we are facing a particularly delicate historical period, torn apart by migration. The meeting was opened by the presentation of the initiatives undertaken in Syria in the last few months by Barbara Bizzocchi, spokesperson for “Together for a United World.”

Giampiero Viezzoli of AMU FVG recounted the history of the association, particularly in this region, and the projects that from 2009 have been realized in Burundi, focusing on water and social issues, thanks to the contributions of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

I finally explained the latest project under construction, focusing on microcredit. In order to understand it in all its aspects, we explored at first the phenomenon of microfinance and the elements that distinguish it; then, with the support of videos and photos that I personally took on my visit to Burundi, I explained the activities carried out or under way, with the help of some testimonials from the local people involved. It became clear that this project, and more broadly financial education that directly follows it, has given a very positive impetus to improve the lives of individuals and entire communities of the villages concerned.
The micro-credit project in fact aims to improve the economic conditions of the families of the rural province of Ruyigi, strengthening the spread of new sources of income, alternative and complementary to agriculture, and through the organization of training activities on resource management and on cooperativism.

Women, group and trust: these are the key features of this intervention.

By talking with the participants it emerged the feeling that the elements of the project – as they have been listed – can also accompany our daily lives, thus making us the first promoters and supporters of the project. Firstly we have to be aware of how to give dignity and hope to those around us. And then the finance, micro or macro as they come, certainly can help as well.»


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