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Project Name
FAMILY PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES
Locality
BUTEZI (PROVINCE OF RUYIGI); MUKAZA, MUTIMBUZI E NTAHANGWA (PROVINCE OF BUJUMBURA); BUGARAMA (PROVINCE OF RUMONGE)
Recipients
ABOUT 1250 FAMILIES
Project status
ONGOING
Description

For several years the CASOBU association in Burundi promotes the creation of small saving and credit groups within which individual members can self-finance their micro-entrepreneurial initiatives by pooling their savings. And with a specific fund they also provide from any unforeseen needs of the members.

CASOBU found that the fruits of such microcredit model (CECI – Communautés d’Epargne et Crédit Internes / AGR – Activités Génératrices de Revenus) not only affects the launch of activities which allow individuals to create an income to emancipate themselves, but also and above all, it establishes strong relations of proximity between members. This becomes therefore a way of sharing their goals and their needs, a way of strengthening responsibility and mutual trust.

If the saving and credit activities are successful and the group is perseverant over time, it can evolve and be structured in a saving and credit cooperative. This was in fact the goal of the previous project in Butezi, Ruyigi province: “Microcredit and strengthening of the rural cooperative system“, co-financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.

Thanks to the reported results, and the need to continue to support the transition from groups to cooperatives, AMU and CASOBU have once again decided to engage together in this project, supporting on the one hand the strengthening of the administrative and management capacities of the cooperatives already launched in Ruyigi and accompanying on the other hand, the formation of new cooperatives in Bujumbura. The experience of saving and credit groups will also be proposed to vulnerable families from Bugarama (Rumonge province) in order to improve their economic situation.

Main project activities

  1. In the province of Bujumbura, there will be the start-up of some cooperatives to increase the production capacity of saving and credit groups already formed. 10 groups who have distinguished themselves for the duration and constancy of their commitment will be chosen. Based on income-generating activities that members have chosen to take, they will create management committees for the emerging cooperatives.
  2. In the province of Ruyigi, the ability to organize and manage the previously created saving and credit cooperatives will be strengthened to the point that they will reach the complete management autonomy by the shareholders. The collaboration with the local administration and Butezi CDS (Social Development Centre) will also continue for the rehabilitation of existing cooperatives, to which our group can make a contribution.
  3. In the province of Rumonge, new savings and credit groups will be established to strengthen the capacity of families to generate income.
Local counterpart
CASOBU
Area of intervention
PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES
Total cost
€ 17.721,63
Contributions requests to AMU
€ 14.177.30