Breaking the cycle of economic dependency

10 mei 2017

The history of Tubugire (“Let’s have it”) is somehow different from those of the other cooperatives born fro Sociotherapy. The fifteen members of the cooperative had already started working together three months before they joined sociotherapy. In this way, they hoped to break the chain of economic dependency. As genocide survivors, some of the group members depended heavily on aid from external donors. In August 2015 they decided to become independent.  


The cooperative members already knew each other as they all live in the same cell. Despite their joint initiative though, each of them still faced problems in their daily lives. Therefore, sociotherapists eventually recruited the group in November 2015. The cooperative members testified that sociotherapy has helped them to solve their daily problems, and that it improved the sense of unity within the group. 





Nowadays, the group engages in many different activities. First of all, they save money for differrent purposes. They rent a plot together, and recently they have bought seeds. At the moment, there is still 45.000 RwF on their savings account. In addition, the group makes bricks for constructing each other’s houses, and at they have build toilets for each other. The group is recognized by the sector authorities, who at times also support them. For instance, the authorities recently donated Irish potato-seeds to the group.


 The group meets twice a week; on Tuesday and Friday. When they meet, they work their communal plot or a plot owned by one of the members. In addition, they make time to sit together and discuss their daily problems.