The name given to one of the groups being supported by CASOBU and AMU in the province of Ruyigi, as part of the It can be done! Community Microcredit and Microfinance programme is a call to dream, to hope, to the future and an exhortation never to give in to poverty. It can be translated as: “Go ahead, community!”
“Tera imbere mubano” is the name given to one of the groups supported by CASOBU in collaboration with AMU as part of the It can be done! Community Microcredit and Microfinance project. The name of the group can be translated as: ‘Go ahead, community’. It is an exhortation, a dream, a strong motivation to improve living conditions to combat poverty in the country. Nzigiye Emmanuel, the group’s representative, told us how it all began: ‘When we heard about this opportunity, we immediately took advantage of it.’
‘Tera imbere mubano’ saw the light three years ago. Nzoyiririmbira Jimmy, the field agent who accompanies savings and credit groups in the province of Ruyigi, Burundi, does not hide the fact that there were difficulties initally: “They encountered obstacles, especially when it came to establishing the internal regulations, and this held back the group’s activities.”
But then in April, they attended a number of training meetings. Gradually, the members of ‘Tera imbere mubano’ are now also learning how to fill out the register correctly which is a fundamental support for managing the project. Then there is the financing kit, which really adds value. Having completed the training phase, ‘Tera imbere mubano’ received the light blue metal box with three locks and a calculator, ledger and pens inside… in short, everything they needed. “We now have enough to improve our savings and credit management capacity,” Nzigiye Emmanuel, the group’s representative, told us with great satisfaction. The ‘Tera imbere mubano’ group dreams of improving social cohesion within the community, through the space for dialogue and support provided by the It can be done! project.