Microloan projects a success in Rwanda

Community partnership seeks to provide more financial assistance

Recent Westminster College graduate Graeme Cave and travel team member Kathy Ritter were able to visit with micro-loan recipient Alphonsine during a trip in May. Thanks to the loan from the Rwanda Community Partnership Project, Alphonsine now is able to support her eight children by selling eggs and chickens.

Recent Westminster College graduate Graeme Cave and travel team member Kathy Ritter were able to visit with micro-loan recipient Alphonsine during a trip in May. Thanks to the loan from the Rwanda Community Partnership Project, Alphonsine now is able to support her eight children by selling eggs and chickens.

Just a few months ago, Alphonsine was unable to support all eight of her children, nor was she able to put a roof over their heads.

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Members of the Tumenyane women's group have been on the receiving end of the Rwanda Community Partnership Project's microloan program.

Today — thanks to a $260 loan from the Rwanda Community Partnership Project through her women’s group, called Tumenyane (a Kinderwanda word that means “to know each other well”) that enabled her to purchase some laying hens and the materials to build a coop — she not only has been able to house and feed her children, but also to send them to school.

Alphonsine is just one example of how successful the Rwanda Community Partnership Project’s microloan program has become over the past year.

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Another recent economic development program spearheaded by Fulton native Nancy McCue involved donating 22 wedding dresses to a Kibungo women's group. The women's group will open a wedding dress rental store and use the income to support widows and other women in need.

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