Families mired in poverty are making the most of the opportunities you make possible, living their dream of having a different and better life. Because you invested in Opportunity Rwanda, we can continue to invest in people like Alphonsine Mukamuhizi as we expand deeper into rural areas like the community of Ntunga, where she lives and where the daily challenges associated with poverty hit the hardest.
In the rural village of Ntunga, members of the close-knit and aptly named “Those Who Trust Each Other” Trust Group gather together to discuss business practices and to receive training. This weekly meeting has fostered a sense of community and teamwork among the hardworking group of entrepreneurs focused on putting food on the family table and getting the children into school. Alphonsine gratefully accepted the opportunity you placed in her path – she transformed your opportunity into a new and better life. She invested her first loan of $83 to buy salt and sugar to sell and as she increased her profit she used additional loans to diversify her product line to include soap and other necessities. With a growing customer base and business mentoring and training Alphonsine was on her way to profitability. With her increased income, Alphonsine did what we witness mothers do time and again. She invested in her family. Her family began to enjoy better nutrition and a concrete slab in a home that until recently had compacted dirt floors.Today, because of the opportunities you created, the Mukamuhizi family has electricity in their home. “I am proud, I have worked hard and my family is better for it.” With Opportunity’s help, parents like Alphonsine are able to capitalize on their skills with newfound confidence, and begin to take steps up the rungs of the economic ladder, achieving tangible gains for the whole family.
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