Family preservation and economic empowerment are undeniably linked. The economic instability of poverty leads to unstable families and dependency.
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Within the Gasharu village located in Kinyinya dwells a sweet family of five. Jacques, along with his wife Claudine, two sons Cedrick (14) and Aldrick (10), and his daughter Belise (9 months) live in a humble home with two bedrooms and a sitting room. Years ago, Jacques sustained a debilitating injury to his leg as a soldier and needed to find a job that he could do sitting down. With Gasharu being a more rural area, the community depends on the old-fashioned way of cooking with charcoal, in lieu of a gas stove. So Jacques chose to make metal stoves by hand with simple tools. Jacques has tried this before, but could never get enough capital to buy enough raw materials. With the business loan from Best Family, he finally had the capital needed and was able to more than double his monthly profits! In the future, he’d love to grow his business, buying higher quality equipment and possibly moving the operation out of his home and into a storefront in the village center.
Creating an avenue towards financial independence for our caregivers has an immediate benefit for our children and a generational impact for years to come.
Located in eastern Kigali, in a small village called Kibaya, Rosalie lives with her husband and three children, ages 9-14. Using the funds from the loan she received, she was able to secure a variety shop, conveniently located within an alley tying a neighborhood to the local market. Rosalie loves her little shop, and with the increased capital, she has been able to expand the items she sells. One of Rosalie’s favorite benefits of the loan program is the establishment of the savings group. Not only is it a place to learn proper money management, the group also allows her to build invaluable community with her neighbors and receive helpful business advice. Rosalie’s store has been successful, and she has found an increased monthly profit due to the additional offerings she was able to provide to her customers. In the future, Rosalie would love to own her own supermarket.
Economic empowerment not only gives the men and women that raise our kiddos more income, but it opens up the door for dignity to be restored, value to be recognized, stronger families to be built, and improved quality of life.
Tucked in a mid-sized storage closet on one end of a Catholic Church you’ll find Aliane, busily working at her sewing machine, creating her next Kitenge piece (Kitenge is a type of fabric). Aliane is the older sister of one of our Kunda children, Joselyne. Although Aliane now has a husband and kids of her own, she continues to care for Joselyne and their parents. Her small Kitenge business helps make ends meet for both family units, as she generously works for those she loves. When she received the business loan, Aliane was excited to be able to purchase her very own sewing machine, and one day dreams of owning her own shop with even more equipment. For the moment, she has a thriving business selling goods to members of the church she works in, as well as the community who know of her giftedness with a needle and thread!
The economic instability of poverty leads to unstable and disrupted families. Empowering men and women economically will create a stronger family and result in better care of and opportunities for the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve.
If you were to go into the newly constructed outdoor vending mall in an up and coming section of Gikondo, you’ll find Chantal, and even sometimes her son, Cyusa, one of our BFR kids, selling children’s clothing out of their 3×5 clothing stand. Chantal has struggled to provide basic necessities for Cyusa since her husband died 5 years ago, but she is an incredibly strong woman who sacrifices so much to give her son every opportunity to succeed. Before the business loan, she had a small collection of clothes that didn’t lure shoppers to her location, but after receiving the loan, she was able to get more items for her store which made it a more desirable location for customers. Chantal dreams of one day adding to her children’s clothing business, to include men’s and women’s clothing as well, in a larger shop. Chantal’s endurance and commitment as a hard working single mother is inspiring.
Help us continue our efforts to restore dignity to our caregivers, giving them an opportunity to provide for their families, break the cycle of poverty, and invest in their children’s futures.
Chantal is one of the hardest workers you will ever meet. With an unyielding determination to provide for her 7 children, she is committed to doing whatever it takes. She began by selling charcoal 1 bag at a time to customers. With the business loan, she was able to increase the quantity of bags she could have on hand, and began selling charcoal in higher quantities. Charcoal is a desired product where she sells in the rural Kibaya village within the Nyarugunga sector of Kigali. With the increased income from her charcoal sales, she was able to open up a second booth to sell vegetables and fruits, multiplying her profits. She has also established herself well within the community, joining four different savings groups. Her dream is to grow her businesses with the goal of one day saving enough money to buy land for all her children. We believe this entrepreneur who went from 1 bag of charcoal to two booths of products at the market can achieve her goal!
Moving Beyond Charity
Best Family desires to be about more than just meeting basic needs for kids. We want to empower and equip caregivers to be financially stable enough to meet these needs on their own. Our goal is to move beyond charity and into development, where we invest in Rwanda’s future generation. Help us multiply our efforts with business loans in 2020.
The purpose of our business loan program is to increase economic capacity within the family unit and decrease their need for Best Family. Learn more about the program and how it all works.