Meet Uwase Emelyne who took another life pathway and became successful thanks to Internal savings and Lending Groups (ISLG).
Uwase Emelyne is now a 21 years old professional tailor who lives in Nyanza district, Ntyazo sector. Before joining USAID Turengere Abana Program, Emelyne was a senior two secondary school student. Afterward, she joined the program as an Internal Saving and Lending group (ISLG) member.
“Even if there were different services that were being offered by the DREAMS program, I choose ISLG because I wanted to do have my own business for the future, so I had to start saving early”
Continuing being in the program, Emelyne was happy to hear that there will be a financial support that will be provided to them because she was seeing her business starting. When the financial support came, she started doing pig livestock farming and continued her regular saving.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for Emelyne ! When she returned to school, she got so sick and could not manage to stay in school with her sickness. That is how she ended up becoming a drop out ! Besides the hard times, Emelyne realized that through her pig livestock and savings, she could create a new successful life.
Emelyne decided to sell her pigs and with the money she got she added a rent in the saving group and paid herself for tailoring trainings. After her education, she started renting sewing machine to do tailoring, and never forgot her routine saving.
At the end, with the profit she could make, Emelyne managed to buy her own sewing machine and thought other girls in her community how to sew. Now they have a successful tailoring show in their community.
Emelyne thanks FXB Rwanda for the given opportunity because she believes that her life could have been worse when she was not able to continue her studies. However, because she already had a business thanks to the saving and Lending groups she managed to take another path and she is now successful.