Till the primary week of Could 2020 over Rwf1.Four billion was distributed amongst greater than 494,500 members belonging to 1,078 cooperatives in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown, information from the Rwanda Cooperative Company (RCA) point out.
In an effort to keep away from the unfold of coronavirus, the Authorities ordered a lockdown on March 21 earlier than easing it on Could 3.
The cash given to cooperative members got here from financial savings and earnings. RCA mentioned that the variety of individuals grouped in cooperatives retains rising.
The COVID-19 outbreak caused extreme financial challenges for many individuals, together with inflicting job losses.
This prompted the Authorities to intervene and assist essentially the most susceptible, particularly by proving meals.
RCA says that it’s on this context that it requested the cooperatives to return to the rescue of their members.
Corneille Ndahayo, 40, a father to 4 is a member of a motorbike taxi cooperative in Gasabo District. The resident of Ruhango District advised The New Instances that he had been a motor taxi operator in Kigali for over 5 years till the COVID-19 lockdown disrupted their enterprise.
“It was a determined, surprising scenario; it was like a catastrophe, however life is extra worthwhile than cash,” Ndahayo mentioned of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restriction imposed to verify its unfold.
Ndahayo mentioned the COVID-19 influence on public transport got here as a shock to many.
“It was a problem to bear [motorcycle taxi] job suspension, but that job was the supply of our livelihoods,” he mentioned.
Thankfully, he mentioned, he acquired some reduction from the cooperative.
“I acquired Rwf10,000 from the cooperative. I used it to answer my household’s meals wants,” he mentioned.
“At face worth, the Rwf10,000 appear to be little, nevertheless it was useful,” he mentioned.
Patrice Nizeyimana, 42, one other bike taxi rider from Gasabo District, in Kigali mentioned that he acquired Rwf16,500 from his cooperative.
Nizeyimana is a member of a distinct bike cooperative in Gasobo District.
He’s additionally a father to 4 kids.
“The cash helped me to offer for my household throughout that powerful time,” he mentioned.
Although Rwanda eased the lockdown measures beginning on Could 4, some financial actions corresponding to bike taxis are nonetheless not operational.
Lesson drawn from the pandemic
Ndahayo mentioned that the pandemic has confirmed that it’s by uniting their efforts that folks can get options and overcome main points.
“We draw a lesson to avoid wasting for a wet day, and to successfully work collectively to realize higher outcomes,” he mentioned.
— to www.newtimes.co.rw